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The 4th industrial revolution and its implications for mining-dependent countries

Authors C. HongoroS. MutangaM. KaggwaB. TshabalalaT. PitsoS. MohlalaJ. SiameS. Sichilima
OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- client
Print HSRC Library: shelf number 12171
handle 20.500.11910/19340
The mining industry is key to the economic fortunes of many countries in Africa. The sector is a major earner of foreign exchange, a significant source of employment and a potential catalyst to the industrialisation of the continent. The continent dominates the production and export of mineral commodities. Despite this, the continent remains poor, characterised by inconsistencies in economic progress- linked to the over dependence on this mineral wealth. Despite this in many countries, the mining sector remains key to economic and social development. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in using mining and mineral resources as a catalyst to local industrialisation, a key pre-requisite for sustainable improvement of the wellbeing of the regions citizenry.