South Africa’s Complicated Relationship With the Mining Sector

Search and rescue team members at the Lily Gold Mine, Barberton, South Africa, Feb. 13, 2016 (AP photo).
Search and rescue team members at the Lily Gold Mine, Barberton, South Africa, Feb. 13, 2016 (AP photo).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the impact of falling oil and commodities prices on resource-exporting countries. South Africa announced that its economy had shrunk by 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2016, bringing the country even closer to recession. In an email interview, Ross Harvey, a senior researcher at the South African Institution of International Affairs, discusses the role of the mining sector for South Africa’s economy and the effects of the current commodities slump. WPR: How important are commodities for South Africa’s economy, and what impact have falling commodities prices had […]

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