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SA mining buoyed by rising output in gold, iron ore

By Siphelele Dludla Time of article published 41m in the past

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MINING manufacturing in South Africa continued to develop albeit at a sluggish tempo in August buoyed by rising output in gold and iron ore as a result of rising demand of the commodities.

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) yesterday stated mining manufacturing rose by 2 p.c in August from a year earlier following an upwardly revised 12.3 p.c bounce in July.

This was the sixth consecutive month of will increase in mining exercise, though on the weakest tempo, boosted by excessive commodity costs and rising world demand.

StatsSA stated the most important constructive contributors had been gold manufacturing, which rose 17 p.c, iron ore and platinum group metals.

However, coal manufacturing was a drag on the general print because it fell by 8.5 p.c.

On a seasonally adjusted month-to-month foundation, StatsSA stated mining manufacturing shrank 2.4 p.c, essentially the most since May, following a downwardly revised 3.2 p.c rise in July.

Despite this contraction, economists consider the upper output stage in July nonetheless implied that the mining sector doubtless contributed positively to the third quarter actual gross home manufacturing (GDP) progress.

Investec economist Lara Hodes, nevertheless, stated the strong rebound in world demand driving a big improve in commodity costs had began to ease.

Hodes stated additional waves of an infection and lockdowns additionally remained a draw back threat to the worldwide progress consequence, and accordingly South Africa’s progress trajectory, which was considerably influenced by the export of commodities.

“The country’s myriad challenges continue to weigh on its ability to attract foreign direct investment.

“Electricity supply constraints continue to hinder optimal activity within the energy intensive mining sector, with rotational load shedding a persistent feature.”

In the three months to August, output was 0.4 p.c in contrast with the earlier three months, with manganese and iron ore being the principle contributors.

StatsSA stated year-to-date, mining output posted progress of 16.9 p.c in contrast with the corresponding interval final year, and 1 p.c in contrast with the identical time in 2019.

Sales superior by 35.1 p.c in August from 35 p.c a month earlier, with the PGMs being the principle contributor.

Gold, coal and iron-ore gross sales additionally made vital constructive contributions.

At about R574 billion year-to-date, the worth of mining exports was 70 p.c increased in August than the corresponding interval in 2020.

FNB senior economist Thanda Sithole stated this corroborated their view that the mining sector ought to assist the modest cyclical gross home product progress rebound this year.

Sithole stated regardless of the current relapse in some commodity costs, primarily PGMs, the sector had benefited from a worldwide rebound and elevated costs.

“We maintain our view that electricity-related disruptions, along with elevated input costs, could limit the extent to which mining volumes benefit from the global growth rebound,” Sithole stated.

“Inefficiencies at the ports are also not encouraging for general export volumes of mining, manufacturing and agriculture.

“Medium-to-long-term growth in the mining sector will depend on exploration expenditure and the country’s ability to create a conducive environment to attract new fixed investments.”

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