SUNConferences, 27th Annual Conference of the SA Institute for Industrial Engineering

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Identifying barriers faced by key role players in the South African manganese industry
Wouter Gideon Bam, Herman Jacobus Van Zyl, Joalet Steenkamp

Last modified: 2016-10-07


South Africa has abundant manganese ore deposits. Yet, it fails to capitalize on this resource and reach possible levels of economic benefit in this commodity’s industry. This paper aims to identify the barriers to economic growth for key role players in the manganese industry. The manganese value chain is mapped out to determine the different manufacturing processes, role player dependencies and factors shaping the value chain. Representatives from the various sectors in the value chain were interviewed in order to identify, categorise and rank the barriers according to their impact on economic growth. This enables areas for improvement to be identified in order to promote the development of the local manganese industry.


Manganese, Economic Development, Economic Growth Barriers