An increasing demand for rare earth elements for use in high-tech applications is potentially promising for several African mining projects.
African countries are eager to process raw minerals locally to help strengthen their own economies.
Emerging South African miners may have made a clever bet on manganese, despite the weak world economy.
Uranium demand is seen to be on the rise with several countries recently expanding their nuclear capacity.
Africa still has some huge iron ore deposits but these look likely to stay in the ground a bit longer.