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Kinsevere mine, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Thabi Madiba     20th July 2018 A copper cathode mine located about 27 km north of the provincial capital Lubumbashi in the Katanga province, in south-east Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Cobalt explorers see Congo mine law offset by price, high grades

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 Junior miners exploring for cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reckon increased prices and the country’s high-grade deposits will offset the added costs of new legislation larger companies have opposed. Congo, the world’s largest source of the metal, this month began implementing an... 

China marks cobalt, copper ascendancy in Congo with new group

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2018 More than 30 Chinese companies active in the Democratic Republic of Congo formed a business association backed by both countries’ governments, further cementing China’s ascendancy in copper and cobalt production in the central African nation. The 35-member Union of Mining Companies with Chinese... 

Gecamines says Glencore deal to yield billions for Congo State

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2018 A settlement between a Glencore unit and Democratic Republic of Congo’s State-owned Gecamines will contribute-billions of dollars of revenue to the government over the next decade, an official said. Glencore reached a deal with Gecamines on Tuesday to end a legal dispute over Kamoto Copper, which... 

Gecamines plans to renegotiate with foreign partners

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo State miner Gecamines has called on its foreign partners to renegotiate the terms of joint ventures it considers to be unfair, its chairman said on Thursday. Heavily in debt and with dwindling output, Gecamines has long complained about its joint venture terms. It... 

ABM completes two auger programmes at DRC project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM), which has set its sights on becoming a significant explorer, developer and miner of battery minerals, has completed two auger programmes that collected soil samples at its 53 km2 Kisinka permit area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After... 

Cobalt upstarts add capacity in Congo as prices triple

By: Bloomberg     27th March 2018 A little-known cobalt miner in the Democratic Republic of Congo plans to ramp up output so fast it will soon be out-produced only by industry leader Glencore. Chemaf, a closely held Lubumbashi-based company, and several other firms are capitalizing on a boom in demand that’s transforming small... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

DRC event promises to be bigger, better in 2018

8th December 2017 The third edition of the DRC Mining Week exhibition and conference in 2018 will welcome mining experts to a unique platform for the enhancement of mining investment and operations in the heart of mining hub the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The event is to be held in June, in Lubumbashi,... 

DRC copper/cobalt tailings project potential probed

By: Tracy Hancock     8th December 2017 Aim-listed natural resource development company Red Rock Resources has extended the 40-day period in which it would carry out due diligence on four or five copper/cobalt tailings properties near Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company reported on November 3 that the due... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Switchgear Solution At DRC Mine From Shaw Controls

12th September 2017 Leveraging the advantages of a containerised solution, Zest WEG Group company Shaw Controls has provided an optimal medium voltage switchgear solution for the supply of power at a copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WEG MTW05 MV switchgear, the first to be supplied by... 

Canada’s First Cobalt hoping to seal DRC exploration deal by next month

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Cobalt asset group First Cobalt aims to close the transaction of a strategic alliance for a 70% interest in seven prospective copper/cobalt exploration properties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by next month and progress exploration in one of the world’s “high-reward cobalt... 

Accelerating growth of services in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 Mining services company Fraser Alexander is focused on expanding its presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, both prime locations of high-grade copper deposits. With more than a century of experience, the company has been expanding into most gold- and copper-producing... 

Africa remains tough but attractive mining destination

By: Nica Schreuder     13th July 2017 Despite potential risk factors associated with mining in Africa, mining services provider Fraser Alexander executive business development head Ken Bouch says the rewards make it worth investing in the mineral-rich continent. 

Cobalt company to acquire 70% interest in DRC

2nd June 2017 Cobalt asset group First Cobalt says its transaction with Africa-focused investment and development company Madini Minerals will allow it to firmly establish a presence in one of the richest mining camps in the world. In May, First Cobalt announced that is to become a 70% joint venture partner on... 

Miners told to move DRC HQs as provinces compete for revenue

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo told local units of Glencore, China Molybdenum, Ivanhoe Mines and four other mining companies to relocate their head offices as newly demarcated provinces fight over tax revenue and control of mineral projects. The companies, all headquartered in Lubumbashi, the... 

Congo nears Eskom power-supply contract to boost copper output

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) signed a provisional agreement to import power from South Africa that could boost copper production this year by as much as 20%, according to the country’s chamber of mines. State-owned power company SNEL proposed importing 200 MW from South African utility... 

Glencore cobalt supplies in Congo face hold up over mine row

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2017 A dispute between State-owned Gecamines and its joint venture partner at a Congolese cobalt mine that supplies Glencore threatens to halt the supply of as much as 4% of the metal within two months. Jersey-registered GTL, a joint venture between Gecamines and closely held Groupe Forrest... 

Producer does part to fight abuse of children in artisanal mining

10th February 2017 Natural resources provider Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has partnered with international foundation Good Shepherd Sisters to fund its Bon Pasteur Alternative Livelihood programme, which aims to help break the cycle of violence and abuse endured by children in artisanal mining communities in the... 

Partnerships lower cost of ownership

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 In response to the mining industry’s focus on lowering capital and operating costs, filtration and separations solutions provider Roytec Global, whose R240-million order book is predominantly filled by large African mining projects, has concentrated its manufacturing capacity in China, enabling... 

M&R, EGMF set up DRC company at Mining Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2016 Underground mining services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation, together with Enterprise Generale Malta Forrest SA (EGMF), used the Mining Indaba as a setting to establish a new joint company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to serve the mining industry in Central Africa.... 

DTI invites local companies to participate in DRC expo pavilion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The... 

Miner implements programme to improve DRC’s health services

4th December 2015 Canadian mineral and exploration development company Ivanhoe Mines launched the Ivanhoe Mines Fionet programme in the third quarter of 2015, to improve health services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it operates two copper projects. 

DRC copper mine eyes increased output

6th November 2015 Copper producer, developer and explorer Tiger Resources is targeting to boost production by more than a third at its 95% owned Kipoi project in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga province by activating the first drawdowns of its revised $137.5 million credit facility in the last quarter... 

Rebounding mining sector defies DRC’s political woes

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2015 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is no stranger to civil strife. For decades Africa’s second largest country (since the partitioning of Sudan) has been beset by political woes. The mining industry, on the other hand, looks to be in promising health, as evidenced by strong support given to... 

Roytec clinches Zim contract, now boasts R100m order book 

By: Ilan Solomons     7th August 2015 Filtration and separation solutions provider Roytec completed testing and adapting a filter press system for mining company Bindura Nickel Corporation’s Trojan nickel mine, in Zimbabwe, last month. Roytec marketing and business development director Peter Sampson tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Campaign to build in-depth understanding of mining dewatering

30th January 2015 Boksburg-based pumps supplier Integrated Pump Technology has launched its “OneMine@ a Time” campaign to build an in-depth understanding of the dewatering requirements of the mining industry. “We are striving to comprehend the specific needs of all our individual clients, as we can only hope to... 

Infrastructure development to grow Zambia mining sector

7th November 2014 Mine consultancy SRK Consulting states that the Zambian mining sector is headed for a growth phase owing to planned infrastructure improvements. According to SRK Consulting principal mining engineering consultant Boniface Mwila, mine expansion and new projects in Zambia are already reflected in... 

Ivanhoe Mines reports positive bench-scale testwork on Kamoa, DRC

By: Henry Lazenby     29th September 2014 Africa-concerned project developer Ivanhoe Mines on Monday reported the positive initial results of bench-scale metallurgical flotation testwork at the company's Kamoa copper project, near the mining centre of Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's southern province of Katanga. XPS... 

Ivanhoe starts Kamoa construction

By: Henry Lazenby     28th July 2014 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines last week said it had started construction on the box cut for the initial portal to planned decline ramps that will provide underground access to the proposed Kamoa copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province. The TSX-listed... 

Ivanhoe Mines expands Kipushi zinc and copper zones

By: Henry Lazenby     15th April 2014 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines on Tuesday reported that early results from the company's underground diamond-drilling programme at the Kipushi copper/zinc/germanium/lead/precious-metals mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), had established significant down-dip... 

SRK pushes innovation, collaboration for Africa’s mining future

24th January 2014 As Africa seeks innovative ways to encourage its mining sector, mining consultant SRK Consulting has put its engineering and broader expertise at the service of collaborative, win-win initiatives that will chart an exciting way forward for the continent. “Our recent engagement by the government... 

SRK’s Congo office to widen focus on geology and enviro, social-impact assessments

By: Chantelle Kotze     17th January 2014 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting reports that its office in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is set to further broaden its focus on environmental- and social-impact assessment and geology. 

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