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Uniting innovation with a wealth of industry experience that spans six decades, the United Mining Services Group is continuing to grow from strength to strength. With projects throughout southern Africa and as far afield as Brazil and the United States, the organisation draws on considerable industry expertise to offer turnkey solutions to clients in the global mining and minerals industries.

In his recent keynote address to the platinum group metals industry, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe (the Minister) indicated that South Africa aims to increase the country’s share of global exploration expenditure to at least three per cent in the next five years.  This is obviously laudable. By Peter Leon, partner and Africa co-chair; Mandy Hattingh, associate; and Ernst Muller, associate at Herbert Smith Freehills.

The R100-billion Infrastructure Fund announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address on 11 February is likely to see an increase in the demand for galvanised steel, especially with the economy anticipated to grow by 2,1% this year and 2,2% in 2022. The focus on renewable energy to assist in meeting the country’s electricity shortfall will also lead to a boom in solar energy plants and wind farms, which present another avenue for the increased uptake of galvanized steel.

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