Targeted Critical Minerals and Metals List

Last updated: 31 October 2022

The Targeted Critical Minerals and Metals List is a list of critical minerals and metals deemed “essential for responding to shift towards the green economy, low carbon energy, and digitisation among others.” The list was provided in 2022 in South Africa's Exploration Strategy for the Mining Industry. The list includes categories for the current and future needs of the minerals listed.
The list is comprised of the following minerals categorised by current or future needs:

i. Minerals of the future / Green economy 

  • Cobalt 
  • Nickel 
  • Copper 
  • Zinc 
  • Lead 
  • Rare Earth Minerals 

ii. Steelmaking

  • Manganese 
  • Iron ore

iii. Energy Minerals 

  • Coal 
  • Uranium  

iv. Competitive advantage and hydrogen economy

  • PGMs 
  • Chrome

v. Battery minerals

  • Vanadium 
  • Lithium

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