Industries of SA
Have you always wanted to work in the textile industry? Then KwaZulu-Natal is the province for you! Is mining more your thing? It’s best you head to the Northern Cape. Figure out which province fits your main interest.
Mining contributes about 22% to the province’s economy. The sector is dominated by iron ore and ferro alloys. There has been significant investment in rail transport to link the mines to the coastal regions.
General Motors’ and Volkswagen’s manufacturing plants are located in the Port Elizabeth area, while the Mercedes-Benz South Africa plant is in East London.
Mining (gold, diamonds, and bentonite) is the province’s biggest industry, followed by manufacturing and agriculture.
Gauteng’s primary industry is manufacturing, especially heavy industry. It is also the continent’s financial capital, home to the head offices of more than 70 foreign banks, many of the South African banks, stockbrokers and the country’s leading insurance companies.
The province is rich in mineral deposits including platinum group metals, iron ore, chromium high- and middle-grade coking coal, diamonds, antimony, phosphate and copper. Mineral reserves of gold, emeralds, scheelite, magnetite, vermiculite, silicon and mica are also found in Limpopo Base commodities including black granite, corundum and feldspar are also mined there.
Mining is the principal industry in the North West, which is also known as the Platinum Province due to its abundant mineral deposits of platinum, chrome and the platinum group metals. It is also a strong producer of slate, granite and marble, fluorspar and diamonds. North West also produces a quarter of our country’s gold.
The province’s main industry is manufacturing, with the biggest contributors being: clothing, textiles and footwear; food and beverages; basic iron, steel, and metal products; chemicals; plastic; and paper and publishing. Its fastest-growing industry is construction.
Mpumalanga’s primary industry is mining, specifically coal mining for the Eskom power plants that are located in the province. EMalahleni, is the biggest coal producer in Africa, and is the site of the country’s two oil-from-coal plants.
Manufacturing – specifically: clothing, textiles and footwear; food and beverages; basic iron, and metal products; chemicals; plastic; and paper and publishing – and construction, and commercial agriculture are the three biggest industries in the Western Cape.