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This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete South Africa Guide.Excerpted from the South Africa Career Guide

South Africa is the world's biggest producer of platinum and one of the leading producers of gold, diamonds, base metals and coal. South Africa holds the world's largest natural reserves of gold, platinum-group metals, chrome ore and manganese ore, and the second-largest reserves of zirconium, vanadium and titanium. And, according to http://www.southafrica.info/, there is considerable potential for the discovery of other world-class deposits in areas yet to be exhaustively explored.

South Africa’s mining sector spans the full spectrum of the five major mineral categories - namely precious metals and minerals, energy minerals, non-ferrous metals and minerals, ferrous minerals and industrial minerals. Apart from its prolific mineral reserves, http://www.southafrica.info/ reports South Africa's strengths include an extremely high level of technical and production expertise, and comprehensive research and development activities. The country has world-scale primary processing facilities covering carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum, in addition to gold and platinum. It is also a world leader of new technologies, such as a ground-breaking process that converts low-grade superfine iron ore into high-quality iron units.

Certification and Education Requirements

Two routes can be followed to obtain a mining qualification. One route is a four-year mining engineering university degree. The requirement for entry is a Matriculation Exemption (school-leaving) Certificate or its equivalent, with a minimum of a ‘D’ symbol in higher grade mathematics, physical science and English. Post-graduate courses include technical subjects for specialist skills in mining and rock mechanics, as well as management skills in evaluation techniques and fundamental mineral economic principles.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Chamber of Mines of South Africa (COM-SA) 
http://www.chamberofmines.org.za/
The Chamber of Mines is a prominent industry employers’ organization that exists to serve its members and promote their interests in the South African mining industry. It does this through a variety of activities and programs undertaken in areas where it is deemed desirable for members to consult with one another on matters of common concern or to cooperate in specific industry-level policy responses and joint initiatives. With this scope defining its role, the chamber exists as an important strategic partner to its member mines.

Chamber of Mines 
Physical location:
5 Hollard Street
Johannesburg
Mailing address:
Post Office Box 61809
Marshalltown 2107, Gauteng
Tel: +27 11 498 7100 
Fax: +27 11 834 1884
Email: webmaster@bullion.org.za
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Publications

Mining Weekly
http://www.miningweekly.com/
Mining Weekly is South Africa’s premier source of weekly news on mining developments in Africa. It provides in-depth coverage of mining projects and the personalities reshaping the mining industry. The publication is an essential source of information for those involved in the mining sector. 

Creamer Media (Pty.) Limited
Physical location:
4th Floor Bedford Centre
Corner of Smith and Bradford Roads
Bedfordview
Mailing address:
Post Office Box 785
Bedfordview
2008
Tel: +27 11 622 3744
Fax: +27 11 622 9350
Email: newsdesk@creamermedia.co.za

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete South Africa Guide.



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