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Copper in Central Africa

Keeping abreast of trends and technologies crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 With the annual Caminex trade expo being the only mining, agricultural and industrial trade expo that takes place in the Copperbelt – in Kitwe, Zambia – event co-organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery mining and industrial portfolio director Charlene Hefer says the event offers visitors the... 

Tax and royalty issues hindering opportunities in Copperbelt

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 Increasing mining taxes and royalties in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are creating a climate of uncertainty, international metals and minerals researcher Roskill copper associate consultant Jonathan Barnes tells Mining Weekly. “Copper demand globally generally increases... 

Tax and royalty issues hindering opportunities in Copperbelt
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MINING DUTIES Zambia will introduce new mining duties and increase royalties as the country aims to reduce its budget deficit

Axis House develops new product for electrowinning

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has developed the ALC9, a new type of smoothing agent that can provide smoother cathodes than any other product, even at densities of 450 A/m2. Expected to run at industrial level early next year, the new product will be used in the... 

Axis House develops new product for electrowinning
LABORATORY TESTED The new smoothing agent has been extensively tested on laboratory scale and has shown positive results in all aspects of the electrowinning process

Supplier expands Cavex hydrocyclone footprint across Copperbelt

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 Mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is expanding its Cavex hydrocyclones footprint across Africa with its two most recent orders of hydrocyclones to be installed in the Central African Copperbelt next year, says Weir Minerals Africa hydrocyclones product manager Sheldon Gabriel. Weir... 

Supplier expands Cavex hydrocyclone footprint across Copperbelt
GLOBAL REACH There is a large installed base of Cavex hydrocyclones in copper applications across the globe

ERG’s Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation project Phase I nearing completion

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th December 2018 Phase I of diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation (RTR) copper and cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is nearing completion and is expected to reach initial production rates early next year, says ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka.... 

ERG’s Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation project Phase I nearing completion
METALKOL PROJECT The Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation project comprises the reprocessing of old cobalt and copper tailings from previous mining operations around Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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... 

Copperbelt development driven by Cobalt

8th December 2017 The African Copperbelt is experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity slump of recent years, says Copper Cobalt Africa Conference chairperson Kathy Sole.   

First blast marks Kamoa Kakula development

8th December 2017 The first blast at the Kamoa-Kakula mine development, marking the start of work on the twin declines at the ultrahigh-grade Kakula discovery, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been completed ten days ahead of schedule. The successful blast at the Tier 1 copper project, near the... 

First blast marks Kamoa Kakula development
KAMOA-KAKULA The combined Kamoa-Kakula indicated mineral resources as of a May estiimate is about one-billion tonnes, grading 3.02% copper, containing 66-billion pounds of copper

Accelerating growth and development on the Copperbelt

8th December 2017 By the end of day two of the three-day Caminex trade show, many exhibitors had already booked their stand for 2018. “Feedback from exhibitors was extremely positive,” says Caminex. 

Accelerating growth and development on  the Copperbelt
POSITIVE OUTLOOK BMI Research has forecast sustained growth in the mining and specifically the copper mining sector until 2021

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,... 

Continued focus on downstream development

By: Donald Makhafola     8th December 2017 The stage is set for the expansion of copper mining activities across the Copperbelt to take advantage of the 20-million tonnes of unmined copper in the region, nonprofit organisation Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) director Levine Warries tells Mining Weekly.   

Continued focus on  downstream development
PROMOTING BENEFICICIATION The Copper Development Association Africa seeks to increase itsmembership to fund research and development initiatives into the beneficiation of copper such as antimicrobial copper surfaces in healthcare facilities

Copper-focused company positioning itself to better serve sub-Saharan Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     8th December 2017 The Sub Sahara African region has massive reserves of copper and other strategic minerals and if it can pull its act together to present an investor-friendly destination, will be the world’s largest copper supplier in 25 years, South African foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie, CEO Edwin... 

Copper-focused company positioning itself to better serve sub-Saharan Africa
EDWIN DREYER Once investment in the mining sector improves, sub-Saharan Africa countries can focus on beneficiation and start producing finished products instead of raw ore

Mine improves output as copper price slated to rise

8th December 2017 In the medium to long term, the fundamental outlook for copper is among the strongest of all metals, says diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERC), which has copper assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The lack of major copper plants due on stream,... 

Institutional challenges overshadow mineralisation

By: Nadine James     2nd December 2016 Prevailing institutional challenges facing Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will continue to hinder copper mining in the region if not addressed in a timely and satisfactory manner, says mining and business consultancy Core Africa, a division of Core Consultants. Core Africa... 

Institutional challenges overshadow mineralisation
CASTING LONG SHADOWS Socioeconomic problems continue to adversely influence mining development in the Copperbelt region

Zambian copper industry must be prepared for future upswing

2nd December 2016 While a low metal price environment necessitates that mining companies cut spending and reduce expansion, adopting an overly cautious approach will ensure that companies risk being unprepared when the upswing occurs, says global professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY). Being unprepared for... 

Zambian copper industry must be prepared for future upswing
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ON THE PRECIPICE Without new investment in improved productivity, Zambia’s mining industry will be unable to cash in on renewed global demand for copper

Importance of artisanal mining increases in DRC

2nd December 2016 The stagnation of the formalised mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to an increase in artisanal mining activity, says the mining representative body DRC Chamber of Mines (CoM). “Artisanal mining in the DRC has become a widespread activity of significant economic... 

Importance of  artisanal mining increases in DRC
SUBSISTENCE MINING Artisanal mining in the DRC has become a widespread activity of significant economic importance

Kamoa-Kakula PEA to be completed by year-end

2nd December 2016 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines subsidiary Kamoa Copper SA has retained Australian consultancy OreWin to prepare a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the development of the Kakula deposit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The PEA is expected to be completed before the end of the... 

Kamoa-Kakula PEA to be completed by year-end
GOOD TIDINGS Ivanhoe reported excellent metallurgical results from tests conducted on drill core samples from the Kakula discovery

Aus company grows share in DRC project

2nd December 2016 ASX-listed minerals company Regal Resources has entered into an unconditional agreement with joint venture partner, Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) registered La Generale Industrielle et Commerciale au Congo (GICC), to acquire from it additional shares in Kalongwe copper project’s holding... 

Aus company grows share in DRC project
KALONGWE ORE Kalongwe hosts a near-surface resource of 302 000 t copper and 42 000 t cobalt as predominantly oxide ore

Zambian town must diversify to survive eventual mine closure

2nd December 2016 Diversified miner China Non-Ferrous Metals Mining Company’s (CMNC’s) 2009 acquisition of the Luanshya copper mine and the mine’s subsequent success reinvigorated the mining town’s economy, says local small and medium-sized business association Luanshya District Business Association (LDBA).... 

Zambian town must diversify to survive eventual mine closure
DOWN BUT NOT OUT Although Baluba's underground operation has been put on care and maintenance, the openpit mine is doing very well

Copper mining offers growth opportunity to dust suppressant supplier

By: Nadine James     2nd December 2016 Johannesburg-based nanotechnology provider Cruze Holdings expects to secure more work from African copper mining operations as its products generate savings by ensuring companies spend less on their existing road dust suppression measures. The company may double its mining revenue within the next... 

Copper mining offers growth opportunity to  dust suppressant supplier
DOWN WITH DUST Cruze Holdings dust palliatives are extremely effective, simple to apply and cost-effective

Zambian smelter yields first full quarter results

4th December 2015 Canada-based mining and metals company First Quantum has concluded its first full quarter of commercial operations at its Kansanshi smelter, in north Zambia, where it processed 254 709 t of concentrate to produce 57 085 t of copper anode. 

Zambian smelter yields first full quarter results
EXPANSION DRIVE The Kansanshi smelter mine was built by First Quantum as part of a series of expansions at the Kansanshi mine

Copperbelt trade expo grows into new space, but industry facing tough times

By: Dylan Stewart     4th December 2015 The Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-Tec) – hosted exclusively in the Zambian Copperbelt for the region – has moved location to accommodate the growth of the third edition of the event, despite the copper industry facing a price slump and regional mining suffering intermittent... 

Junior miner drops Q3 exploration spend to $600 000

4th December 2015 Australia-based discovery, development and exploration company Tiger Resources spent $400 000 less on exploration at its Kipoi and Luputo copper projects, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the third quarter ending September 30. 

Junior miner drops  Q3 exploration spend to $600 000
PRUDENT PROSPECTING Exploration activities at the Kipoi copper mine in southern DRC focused on geophysical surveys in the 2015 third quarter

Copper explorer’s shares drop after exploration update

4th December 2015 The share price of Australia-based minerals exploration and development company Intrepid Mines fell 7.1% on the ASX after the company released an update on its drilling activity at the Mumbwa project, in west-central Zambia. 

Copper explorer’s shares drop after  exploration update
DIGGING DEEP Intrepid’s exploration update highlights a 0.91% copper grade over an interval of 51 m between 229 m and 280 m of the HDD_004 drill hole

SA mining consultant to remodel copper resources in Congo

By: Dylan Stewart     4th December 2015 Specialist mining consultant The MSA Group is assisting mining major Glencore in re-modelling its mineral resource and geological models for Katanga Mining’s Kamoto Copper Company’s large-scale copper and cobalt mine complex in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

SA mining consultant to remodel copper resources in Congo
STILL A FUTURE Despite operational suspension at Katanga and cutbacks at Mopani, Glencore is showing commitment to its copper mines in Central Africa

DRC remains a complex operating environment – copper mine GM

By: Dylan Stewart     4th December 2015 While the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has made solid progress over the past decade, it remains a complex environment in which to operate, says copper mine Kinsevere GM Miles Naude. 

Copper production cuts abound as industry hit by six-year price low

4th December 2015 Copper-laden African countries are seeing investors pull back on copper output to withstand the effects of the troubled sector and emerge intact once it turns around. 

Copper production cuts abound as industry hit by six-year price low
SEEKING IMPROVEMENT Glencore's Mopani mine is set to undergo a $950-million improvement

Weatherhaven RCS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th December 2015 Integrated redeployable camp solutions manufacturer Weatherhaven RCS understands the effect of high costs on operating budgets, especially with most junior and major mining companies under pressure to operate in challenging times on the back of weaker commodity prices. The South Africa-based... 

Weatherhaven RCS

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. 

Miner implements  programme to improve DRC’s health services
DRILLING AT KAMOA Members of Ivanhoe’s exploration team received the prestigious Thayer Lindsley Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada for the Kamoa copper discovery, recognised as 2014’s top international mineral discovery

Copper exploration report concluded

By: Ilan Solomons     5th December 2014 A report on private investment holding company Jonah Capital’s early-stage exploration drilling programmes at the Kasempa copper project, in north-western Zambia, which have been ongoing since February 2012, was completed last month by local mining consultancy The MSA Group. The MSA Group... 

Copper exploration report concluded
KASEMPA CORE SHED Jonah Capital is studying the findings of the Kasempa exploration report to decide on how to best proceed with the project

Infrastructure developments will grow Zambia copper sector – Minister

By: Ilan Solomons     5th December 2014 Zambia’s mining industry aimed to grow copper production from its current 760 000 t/y to more than one-million tons a year by the end of 2015, said Zambian Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma. Speaking to Mining Weekly on the sidelines of the second International... 

Infrastructure developments will grow Zambia copper sector – Minister
COPPER COMPETITION For the first time since 1988, the Democratic Republic of Congo produced more copper than Zambia, owing to its 2013 production rate of more than 846 000 t
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