South Africa’s position as the number three supplier of iron-ore to China underscores the vital value of iron-ore deposits in the country and its importance as a significant iron-ore contributor worldwide.
World resources are estimated to be greater than 12 billion tons of shipping-grade chromite, sufficient to meet demand for centuries. In the region of 95% of the world’s chromium resources are concentrated in Southern Africa and Kazakhstan.
According to the 2010 BP Statistical Energy Survey, South Africa had end 2009 coal reserves of 30408 million tonnes, 3.68% of the world total. South Africa has Africa’s only significant coal reserves.
South Africa currently accounts for about 75% of the world’s identified manganese resources. These mostly occur near Hotazel in the Northern Cape Province.