The PWC Mine 2023 report, themed Adapt To Thrive, has ranked copper at pole position in its critical metals list. In addition, South Africa was ranked highest amongst critical energy metal reserve listings, vis-à-vis copper producing nations, ahead of Zambia, Botswana and Angola.
PwC’s 'SA Mine 2023’ report notes that we have entered the era of critical minerals. To make the energy transition real, the world must dramatically ramp up the use of low-emission green energy technologies. What unites all these technologies, whether they’re well-established or cutting edge, is their reliance on metals and minerals.