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What are some natural resources about south africa?

Some modern news about south africa?

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    Gold, Diamonds, Platinum

    Modern News : Visit the website www.news24.com and pick and choose. I think the most interesting news is probably the application for hosting one of the most technologically advanced telescope..South Africa is bidding against Australia to host the R14.5-billion radio telescope, with the South Africans aiming to build it on a huge site near Carnarvon. The size and scope of the project means that winning the bid will have significant economic implications for the province.

    From Wikipedia regarding natural resources : Mining has been the main driving force behind the history and development of Africa's most advanced and richest economy. Large scale and profitable mining started with the discovery of a diamond on the banks of the Orange River in 1867 by Erasmus Jacobs and the subsequent discovery and exploitation of the Kimberley pipes a few years later. Gold rushes to Pilgrim's Rest and Barberton were precursors to the biggest discovery of all, the Main Reef/Main Reef Leader on Gerhardus Oosthuizen's farm Langlaagte, Portion C, in 1886, the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the subsequent rapid development of the gold field there, the biggest of them all.

    South Africa is one of the world’s leading mining and mineral-processing countries.[26] Though mining's contribution to the national GDP has fallen from 21% in 1970 to 6% in 2011, it still represents almost 60% of exports.[27] The mining sector accounts for up to 9% of value added.[28]

    In 2008, South Africa’s estimated share of world platinum production amounted to 77%; kyanite and other materials, 55%; chromium, 45%; palladium, 39%; vermiculite, 39%; vanadium, 38%; zirconium, 30%; manganese, 21%; rutile, 20%; ilmenite, 19%; gold, 11%; fluorspar, 6%; aluminum, 2%; antimony, 2%; iron ore, 2%; nickel, 2%; and phosphate rock, 1%.South Africa also accounted for nearly 5% of the world’s polished diamond production by value. The country’s estimated share of world reserves of platinum group metals amounted to 89%; hafnium, 46%; zirconium, 27%; vanadium, 23%; manganese, 19%; rutile, 18%; fluorspar, 18%; gold, 13%; phosphate rock, 10%; ilmenite, 9%; and nickel, 5%.It is also the world's third largest coal exporter.

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