What is South Africa’s biggest industry?

Mining is South Africa’s largest industry sector followed by manufacturing, oil and gas, chemicals, agriculture and tourism. Other sectors such as the clothing & textiles, and financial services and banking sectors have shown significant growth in recent years.

South Africa is globally recognised as being a leading supplier of a variety of minerals and mineral products that are exported to as many as 87 countries. Each year, approximately 55 different minerals are produced from more than 700 mining facilities, with gold, platinum group elements (PGE’s), coal and diamonds dominating exports and revenue earnings. Mining and quarrying contributed 4.9% to GDP in 2013.

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