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Africa eyeing China's lithium-refining dominance

The world's need for lithium for batteries to power the transition to electric cars is creating the opportunity for southern African mining jurisdictions to redefine their historic role as suppliers of raw minerals and move up the value chain.

David Whitehouse
 Tanzania has the ‘resources to become a lithium powerhouse’, according to officials

Tanzania has the ‘resources to become a lithium powerhouse’, according to officials

Several stages of refining are needed before the ores used for lithium are ready for battery use. Chinese dominance over refining, even though the country has only about 13% of the world's lithium supply,...

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