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Kibali prepares for full production

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2018 Following the successful commissioning of the integrated automated ore handling and hoisting system of the underground operation at Kibali, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Randgold Resources is preparing to bring the mine into full production this year. In an update to shareholders on... 

Artisanal, small-scale mining explodes amid rising prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 A new report has revealed explosive growth in the number of artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide over the past two decades amid rising mineral prices and a general struggle in earning a living from agriculture. The Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable... 

Congo Republic plans to join Opec oil cartel

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Congo Republic plans to join the Opec oil cartel, the government said, as the former French colony presses ahead with projects that could help it become the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa. "The Republic of Congo has decided to accede to the Organization of the Petroleum... 

Glencore shrinks job of billionaire copper head amid Congo probe

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2018 Glencore reduced the role of its billionaire head of copper, Aristotelis Mistakidis, shaking up the business after a review in the Democratic Republic of Congo raised questions about accounting and management. Mistakidis, one of Glencore’s largest shareholders and a key lieutenant of CEO Ivan... 

Congo may more than double tax on critical global cobalt supply

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing to more than double a tax on two-thirds of global cobalt supply, potentially increasing the cost of the critical battery metal just as the world begins to embrace electric vehicles. Congo, the world’s biggest cobalt producer, will increase the royalty... 

Nzuri receives second tranche of Huayou financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th January 2018 ASX-listed Nzuri Copper has received the second and final tranche of funds from a $10-million strategic investment by major cobalt player Huayou Cobalt. The first tranche, comprising the issue of 26.47-million tranche 1 shares for about $6.64-million, was completed on December 19. 

Congo Republic to cut 2018 spending by 9% as growth lags

By: Reuters     28th December 2017 Congo Republic's government said on Wednesday it planned to cut spending next year by 8.6% to 1.38-trillion CFA francs ($2.5-billion), following a 45% cut to the 2017 budget this month, as it seeks an International Monetary Fund bailout. The economy has been badly hit by low oil prices and poor... 

Katanga completes WOL hot commissioning

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2017 The hot commissioning of the core of the first train of TSX-listed Katanga Mining’s new whole ore leach (WOL) processing facility has been completed. The company in September 2015 suspended the processing of copper and cobalt at subsidiary Kamoto Copper Company’s (KCC’s) copper and cobalt mine,... 

Congo mines say revised code threatens industry's future

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Mining companies in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Monday that proposed changes to the mining code adopted by the lower house of parliament last week would do lasting damage to investment in Africa's top copper producer. The process of revising the 2002 mining code in Congo has dragged on... 

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

     8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Ortac optimistic of new DRC acquisition after positive drilling outcomes

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th November 2017 Aim-listed Ortac Resources on Thursday reported further significant mineralisation intersection at its Casa mining project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The new gold assay results emerged from the expansion and infill drill programme currently under way at its Akyanga gold deposit and... 

Dispute at Congo cobalt mine heads to court, halts metal supply

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 An attempt by Congo’s Gecamines to profit from the boom in battery metals has backfired, leaving the state-owned miner facing two international court actions and halting cobalt production at a key mine. Gecamines blocked its 16-year partner GTL’s access to the cobalt site in the southeastern... 

Volkswagen is said to step up bid for cobalt for electric cars

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2017 Volkswagen AG is stepping up its hunt for long-term supplies of battery metals it will need to help power electric cars across its entire range. The top automaker invited producers and traders of cobalt, one of this year’s best-performing metals, for talks at its German headquarters this week,... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

DRC’s State mining company hiding revenues – Carter Center

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2017 Certain revenues of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State mining company Gécamines are not directed to the public treasury and are largely beyond the realm of public oversight, resulting in the DRC and its people being deprived of many of the benefits of its rich minerals endowment, the Carter... 

Ghost town of Cobalt gets first jolt from Tesla’s electric cars

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2017 Ironically, Cobalt, Ontario – population 1,100 – was built on silver. Remnants of a boom that transformed the town more than a century ago are everywhere. A mine headframe still protrudes from the roof of the bookstore, which was previously a grocery. The butcher used to toss unwanted bones down... 

Glencore sees quarterly production decreases

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 While dual-listed Glencore’s copper and nickel production fell in the third quarter, the diversified miner said on Monday that this would not impact full year earnings. Copper production of 946 500 t for the quarter ended September 30 was 11% lower than the comparable quarter in 2016, owing to... 

Ivanhoe agrees to rehabilitate critical rail line in DRC

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines is preparing to rebuild the 34 km of rail track that connects the Kipushi zinc/copper/silver/germanium mine with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) national railway at Munama, south of Lubumbashi. Under terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DRC... 

Glencore Congo deals are said to be part of latest offshore leak

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2017 Glencore could face renewed scrutiny of its business in the Democratic Republic of Congo after confidential information was released in the data breach of a major offshore law firm, according to people familiar with the matter. The documents relate to Glencore’s acquisition of Katanga Mining,... 

Battery boom relies on one African nation avoiding chaos of past

By: Bloomberg     27th October 2017 The cars of the future will depend increasingly upon supplies of an obscure metal from a country in the African tropics where there has never been a peaceful transition of power and child labor is still used in parts of the mining industry. Most major automakers are pledging to build millions of... 

Mad scramble for lithium mines stretches from Congo to Cornwall

By: Bloomberg     25th October 2017 For evidence of just how hot battery ingredient lithium is right now, look no further than Australia’s AVZ Minerals. A penny stock until a few months ago, the mining hopeful has surged about 1 500% this year. The proposition: recasting a remote, century-old tin mine in the Democratic Republic of... 

Norwegian oil giant increases foothold in SA

     20th October 2017 Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has acquired a 35% interest in exploration right 12/3/252 Transkei-Algoa, south of the Eastern Cape coastline, in South Africa, which is in line with its aim to position itself for global opportunities. This announcement followed the conclusion of a... 

Self-starters share secrets to success in the South African mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     13th October 2017 There are many ways for entrepreneurs to enter the mining industry, including as project developers, service providers and product suppliers – all of which hold great opportunities and challenges, states mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors director Dr Mike Seeger. The... 

Gold, zinc explorers spearhead reversal of five-year global exploration downturn

By: Samantha Herbst     10th October 2017 Boosted by increased exploration efforts in the gold and zinc sectors, the global nonferrous exploration budget is up in 2017 – for the first time since 2012 – by more than 14%, year-on-year, to $7.95-billion, according to new analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The twenty-eighth edition... 

Congo halts Sicomines' copper exports, orders local refining

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo ordered Sinohydro Corp. and China Railway Construction Corp.’s local mining venture to stop exporting unprocessed copper and cobalt and refine all its metals within the country. Sicomines must ship “only high-value products” as the government looks to “ensure the... 

Red Rock mulls potential investment in DRC copper/cobalt tailings project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2017 Aim-listed Red Rock Resources (RRR) has entered into a conditional agreement with private Isle of Man company Cobalt Blue to acquire an interest in a new joint venture company (JVCo) that will be established for the exploitation of four copper/cobalt tailings properties near Kolwezi, in the... 

Banro temporarily suspends Namoya operations

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 Dual-listed Banro has temporarily suspended operations at its Namoya mine, in the Maniema province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This is owing to road access closure because of activities by local groups against both the local population and against the DRC army, which has... 

First Cobalt exits volatile DRC in favour of mining friendly Ontario Cobalt Camp

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 TSX-V-listed First Cobalt will not complete a strategic alliance over seven cobalt exploration properties close to several major copper/cobalt operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) Central African Copperbelt. The Toronto-headquartered company announced on Monday that it would... 

Nitrogen generator offers Zambian mines extended tyre life

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 There are several opencast mines on the Copperbelt in Zambia using large haul trucks to transport ore from the pit for crushing and processing, and extending the life of tyres plays a significant role in cutting costs and improving production, says on-site nitrogen gas generator supplier NitraLife. 

Ivanhoe plans 'new era of production' for historic DRC mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has entered into discussions to start a “new era of production” at the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that could deliver one of the highest-grade major zinc mines worldwide. Ivanhoe, which, in conjunction... 

Hunt for next electric-car commodity accelerates as prices soar

By: Bloomberg     23rd August 2017 Niche metal cobalt is leaving bigger names like copper and lithium in its dust, triggering a hunt for new deposits from Idaho to Chile. As one of the key components in the new breed of rechargeable batteries and with supply dominated by the Democratic Republic of Congo, prices have surged at... 

Alphamin focused on conflict-free tin production  

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2017 TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources is on track to develop the first large commercial tin mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to produce responsibly mined, conflict-free tin concentrate. The company is developing the Bisie mine, in the North Kivu province of the DRC, which is expected... 

African body urges Congo to prosecute Anvil over mine deaths

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2017 The African Union’s human rights body urged the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government to prosecute officials of an Australian mining company over their alleged role in a military crackdown in 2004 that left more than 70 people dead. The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights also... 

UN experts accuse Congo army General of mining gold illegally

By: Bloomberg     14th August 2017 A group of United Nations experts said it’s gathered evidence that a sanctioned Congolese military officer owns gold mining operations in the northeast of the country, contravening the country’s mining code. Tax officials, mine workers and dredge owners told the Group of Experts on the Democratic... 

Banro’s lower gold output leaves year-end guidance out of reach

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2017 Dual-listed Banro Corporation’s Twangiza and Namoya operations produced a combined 38 739 oz of gold during the second quarter of this year, bringing the year-to-date production to 84 954 oz of gold. The lower-than-expected gold production from both mines, along with the ongoing challenging... 

Ivanhoe's Congo success follows deals with President's brother

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2017 In the two decades since billionaire mining investor Robert Friedland founded Ivanhoe Mines, his small team has made some of the biggest mineral discoveries in the world. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has done so while trading and contracting with companies controlled by one of... 

Banro’s Namoya employees return to work after militia violence shuts mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th July 2017 Dual-listed Banro Corporation on Friday said mining staff at its Namoya gold operations, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have returned to work, following a precautionary evacuation earlier this week. On Monday, fighting between the Congolese army and a local militia forced the miner to... 

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