Mineral beneficiation is a priority for governments of resource rich countries that would like to leverage the potential of mineral beneficiation to create local employment and drive economic growth. Many governments are developing strategies for domestic mineral beneficiation.
South African President Jacob Zuma, has said that mineral beneficiation is a priority for his government and will finalise and adopt a beneficiation strategy as its official policy. In June 2011, government released a strategy that identified a number of instruments such as policies, legislation and incentives that can be put in place to enable beneficiation.
A mining company will typically be in one of the following assessment phases with respect to beneficiation:
This paper is the first in a series about beneficiation and will be updated as legislation and incentives come into effect, which assesses the merits of beneficiation.
Written by Ebrahim Takolia, Executive Lead, Deloitte
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