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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
Print version ISSN 2225-6253


VAN ZYL, H.J.; BAM, W.G.  and  STEENKAMP, J.D.. Identifying barriers to growth in mineral value chains. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2020, vol.120, n.2, pp.149-163. ISSN 2411-9717.

Despite the importance that barrier identification has for policy-making and industry stakeholders alike; little guidance exists on consistent processes to systematically identify barriers that are hindering the different sectors of a value chain's expansion and growth. This article describes the development of a framework that supports the identification of barriers to growth in mineral value chains. The resultant process was applied to the case of the manganese value chain in South Africa, and revealed 31 barriers within this industry. The results were validated by a panel of experts and the feedback was used to rework and improve the framework.

Keywords : beneficiation; policy-making; barriers; manganese; case study; South Africa.

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