Natural resources and economy
South Africa´s economy was originally built on natural resources: agriculture and mining. Economical ground has been changing by years. Today services and manufacturing have the leading role in economics. Primary production accounts only 14% and service sectors even 53% of the GDP (Project Document, 2001). Still there is lack of natural resources like water.
gold, chromium, platinum, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem, diamonds, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas, vermiculite, limestone, asbestos, fluorspar, lead, zinc, rutile, kaolin, zirconium, silver, phosphate, gypsum, mica
Mining of platinum, gold and chromium, car assembly, petroleum refining, metalworking, machinery, rubber goods, textiles, iron & steel, chemicals, fertilizers, food processing, paper & paper products, tobacco
Principal products: maize, weath, sugar cane, fruits, potatoes, vegetables, sorghum, barley, tobacco, cotton, peanuts, sunflower seeds, beans Livestock products: sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, wool, milk, eggs, hides, beef, pork
Land use: agriculture 86%, urban and industrial land uses 1.4%, forestry 1.5%, conserved areas 6%