Wednesday, 28 July 2021 11:41

SOUTH AFRICA UNREST COULD SPELL DISTRUPTION TO THE SUPPLY OF KEY MINERALS

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Timothy Harvey, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of NTree, which promotes and markets metals Exchange Traded Commodities, comments on the recent unrest in South Africa and the potential impact on the supply of platinum group metals (PGMs):

“In the PGM world, South Africa is a superpower, responsible for 78% of global platinum production and 37% of global palladium production. However, despite the size of its reserves and share of global production, the country is often beset by supply disruption concerns. The recent rioting and looting on the back of the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma once again highlights the potential for disruption to South African supply of key minerals.

ntree logo“In 2020 South African mining disruptions from power outages and Covid-related mining closures resulted in platinum and palladium production declining approximately 25% and 13% respectively. Whilst it appears that the recent rioting has not affected the production of platinum and palladium, the widespread violence disrupted ports in Durban and Richards Bay, as well as key rail lines between Johannesburg and Durban, and the N3 highway connecting Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

“In a tight metals market which is expected to get even tighter as the world transitions to clean energy, the supply chain vulnerability in one of the largest global metal producers is a major risk and one that is difficult to hedge. This naturally begs the question, is there a risk premium on the supply of South African PGMs and do the supply forecasts for the clean energy transition metals incorporate the risks of disruption in emerging markets?”

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