South Africa has arguably the largest reserves of mineral resources in world.
This resource abundance is clearly not being utilised, as South African mining
production has fallen year on year, while other resource rich countries increased
production during the current sustained commodity cycle which is driven by large
This study, exploratory in nature, attempted to determine whether the production
techniques used by South African mining companies are efficient enough to allow
South Africa to compete in an increasingly globalised sector. The study also
attempted to determine what and how other factors affect the production output
in the South African mining sector. The information was gathered by means of
an online questionnaire, both qualitative and quantitative in design that was
completed by 31 respondents at management level, currently engaged in mining
The factors affecting production were found to be both non-technical, such as
legislation and labour related and technical factors within the production cycle
Operating in a price taker global market, South African mining techniques
certainly need an overhaul in comparison to international mining operations.
Stakeholders within the sector need to recognise that a symbiotic relationship is
needed to drive production in the sector instead of the current seemingly parasitic
Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2017.