South Africa has the most advanced economy on the African continent. The most important contributors to the economy include the mining sector, manufacturing and agriculture. The economy of South Africa is primarily based on its well spread infrastructural network. The industrial expansion of South Africa has much to do with its improved economic scenario. South Africa has a sophisticated financial structure with a large and active stock exchange that ranks 17th in the world in terms of total market capitalization. South Africa has rich mineral resources. It is the world's largest producer and exporter of gold and platinum and also exports a significant amount of coal.