Commodities markets are set to become the prime currency of diplomacy going forward. Oil has been an oft-used tool, but what this year has shown us is that globally, minerals, metals and fuels are all fair game.

If SA learns to play the game effectively, it has substantial scope for growth. After all, excluding petroleum it is the wealthiest mining jurisdiction in the world, with a non-energy mineral reserve value of more than $2.4-trillion...

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