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South Africa is a world leader in mining. The country is famous for its abundance of mineral resources, accounting for a significant proportion of world production and reserves, and South African mining companies are key players in the global industry.
Uranium found in waste from South Africa’s gold mines could prove to be a valuable source of revenue if plans to process it go ahead.
South Africa, the only country ever to have dismantled a nuclear weapons programme, is considering building up to six new nuclear reactors for civilian use, as well as a uranium enrichment programme to fuel them.