MISTRA launched its research report: South Africa and the Global Hydrogen Economy - The Strategic Role of Platinum Group Metals on 30th August 2013 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.
South Africa has 85% of the world’s platinum group metal resources. The country’s endowment is valued at some US$2.5 trillion (about R250 trillion). These reserves constitute a national asset from which the nation can collectively draw immeasurable benefit.
MISTRA’s 18-month research project on PGM’s interrogated the significance of the estimated 85% of the world’s platinum group metals (PGM) reserves, for South Africa and southern Africa. A fundamental question that was probed is how the use of these mineral endowments can position South Africa and the region to establish a significant downstream PGM-based industrial sector.
The launch conference shared the findings of the MISTRA research, which the institute believes will contribute to understanding how best the country can manage its mineral resources within the context of a knowledge-based economy.
The report examines, among other things:
· To what extent are PGMs relevant to the emergent hydrogen economy and is this economy truly on the rise?
· What is the state of global research on hydrogen fuel cell technology?
· What are the lessons that can be learnt from experience on the emergence of a ‘disruptive technology’?
· Is the country’s knowledge base and are its capabilities suited to, and being mobilised for, the changes that are required?
By all accounts, the public launch of the report has initiated a trans-sectoral conversation on how best to position the country for the emergent hydrogen economy.
· Minister Derek Hanekom, Science & Technology
· Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director, MISTRA
· Dr Velaphi Msimang, Faculty Head: KESA (Knowledge Economy & Scientific Advancement) MISTRA
· Kleantha Pillay, Anglo American Platinum
· Alfred Tau, Chief Director: Regional & Spatial Economic Development: Department of Trade and Industry
· Dr Iraj Abedian, CEO: Pan-African Capital
· Dr Mosibudi Mangena, MISTRA Board of Governor member
The report is available for purchase from MISTRA. Enquires: Gail Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)