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Mining in the DRC

Molulu copper/cobalt project update

17th February 2023 Last month mining investment company Critical Metals provided a market update on its Molulu project as well as Critical Metals’ milestones since its readmission to trading on the London Stock Exchange on September 12, 2022.   Critical Metals was established to acquire mining opportunities in the... 

Miner restarts operation in DRC

17th February 2023 Mining company Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and its joint venture partner commodity company La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines), celebrated the kick-off of the restart of operations at the Boss Mining complex, with a ceremony held at its concession on November last year.   The... 

An image of the Boss Mining restart ceremony
RESTARTING PRODUCTION Boss Mining was placed into care and maintenance in early 2019

Swift mining, minerals transport required to meet demand

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th February 2023 To fully reap the benefits of the demand for battery-related minerals, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) needs to prioritise mining and export the minerals swiftly, says WSP Africa Earth & Environment MD and mining in Africa head Dr Ralph Heath. The DRC has significant amounts of... 

An image of iron ore on a train
FULL STEAM AHEAD Rail lines offer more efficient transport compared to roads

DRC mining on the up, but with hills to climb

17th February 2023 The positive climate for mined commodities – and battery minerals in particular – is giving the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) great opportunities to leverage its resource wealth. However, there are numerous burning issues that mining companies there are facing. These range from social and... 

An image of SRK Consulting partner and principal environmental scientist Wouter Jordaan
WOUTER JORDAAN A cultural and communication gap between mines and communities exists which makes collaboration difficult

Extended partnership to support low-latency connectivity

17th February 2023 An extended partnership will see the Kamoa-Kakula copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) benefit from satellite telecommunications network provider SES’s O3b high-throughput, low-latency medium earth orbit connectivity to support industry-leading operational technologies and... 

An image of O3b mPower Constellation Africa
O3b mPower Constellation AfricaO3b high-throughput and low-latency connectivity services delivers reliable high-speed connectivity

ASM needs stronger initiatives, regulation

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th February 2023 Owing to the prevalence of the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it has been difficult for government to regulate the industry. However, government is attempting to transform and regulate the industry through new initiatives, says law firm... 

An image of rough cobalt stone
CYNICAL OUTLOOK Artisanal miners are often distrustful of government policies and promises that are aimed at creating responsible cobalt supply chains

Infrastructure woes blight mining activities

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th February 2023 The value of minerals available in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is overshadowed by ailing infrastructure such as roads and reliable Internet networks. These challenges make it difficult for mining companies, and companies that support the mining industry, to import and export... 

An image of trucks waiting at the DRC border customs clearance checkpoints
TRUCKS QUEUE Long wait times at borders cause delays that often last for days

Revised Code still plagues investors

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th February 2023 The Revised Mining Code, and the subsequent attempts to clarify it, has created significant uncertainty for investors in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) mining and natural resources sector. However, it is anticipated that, through initiatives implemented by DRC President Félix... 

An image of Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech
WARREN BEECH New initiatives address a multitude of challenges impacting on the DRC mining industry

ESG risks deter investments, says consultancy

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 The elevated levels of environmental, social and governmental (ESG) risks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) make many western mining companies reluctant to invest, as they are unable to obtain the required financing, explains energy research and consultancy company Wood Mackenzie senior... 

Ying Lu, senior analyst for Wood Mackenzie
YING LU With investors reluctant to invest, Lu expects that the electric vehicle and automotive sectors will create growth in the cobalt industry, which can heighten ESG concerns

FCA gains ground despite setbacks

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and a change of government, the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) has continued to develop initiatives to support the livelihoods of community members in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says David Sturmes, programme and business development... 

Dr Assheton Carter of The Impact Facility
DR ASSHETON CARTER The FCA is gaining momentum owing to the rise for a greener economy

Initiative aims to quash child labour

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Multistakeholder action platform the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) is setting up a localised child labour remediation system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), explains The Impact Facility programme and business development director David Sturmes. “The FCA focuses on setting up a case... 

David Sturmes, director of programme and business development of The Impact Facility
DAVID STURMES The FCA continues its efforts in supporting initiatives for children's rights

Local crane supplier optimistic about African mining 

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Expressing a positive outlook for the African mining industry in 2022, Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner, says the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the potential for better resource development. The Gauteng-based company is a supplier of cranes and hoists to the DRC, and Kleiner notes that... 

Marc Kleiner, Conra Cranes MD
Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner discusses the company’s involvement in the DRC and its outlook for the country’s mining industry.Video edited by: Nicholas Boyd

Reagents supplier targets lithium, other industrial minerals

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 There is a new emphasis on lithium mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and, as a result, reagent supplier Axis House has developed a full set of reagents to tackle the different lithium-bearing ores, says Axis House technical manager Bernard Oostendorp. “We have been refining our... 

An image of Axis House testing new reagents
WELCOMING LITHIUM With a new emphasis on lithium mining in the DRC, Axis House have created new reagents for different lithium-bearing ores

Law firm optimistic about DRC mining in 2022

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted on the mining and natural resources sectors of most African countries, as well as the artisanal and small mining (ASM) subsector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), despite the drastic changes in the country’s political landscape, says law... 

Warren Beech, CEO of Beech Veltman
WARREN BEECH Given the mineral wealth in the DRC, the DRC government should focus on local beneficiation

DRC gov makes progress in ASM industry

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government faces challenges regarding the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) industry but has begun to create positive changes in the industry, says law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. “The DRC government has made good strides in transforming... 

Artisanal miners at a cobalt mine-pit in Tulwizembe, Katanga province, DRC
DRC GOVERNMENT MAKES PROGRESS Despite challenges, the DRC government has been making positive changes regarding the ASM industry

Glencore EDP shows signs of success

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Diversified miner Glencore’s enterprise development programme (EDP) has created and sustained over 5000 job opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2019, says Kamoto Copper Company GM of business improvement Ndomba Tshiendela. “The EDP is aimed at providing business... 

An image of employees waiting by a bus
SUCCESS STORY Local supplier who benefited from the EDP, with employee bus transport run by GPM

ERG partners with stakeholders to promote energy shift

11th February 2022 Diversified natural resources producer Eurasion Resources Group (ERG) became a platinum partner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo- (DRC-) Africa Business Forum 2021, which was held from 24 to 25 November last year. At the time, ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka stated that the company was proud to... 

An image of a cobalt nugget arranged for a photograph in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, 14th October 2017
GOING PLATINUM (FOR BATTERY METALS) ERG became a platinum partner of the DRC- Africa Business Forum 2021, which was held from 24 to 25 November last year

DRC Minister joins responsible cobalt initiative

5th February 2021 Global minerals organisation the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) announced in December that Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) National Minister of Mines Professor Willy Kitobo Samsoni has joined the Cobalt Action Partnership (CAP) Steering Committee. RMI is partnership lead and... 

RESPONSIBLE VALUE CHAINS 
CAP promotes the engagement and commitment towards sustainable and inclusive cobalt value chains
Photo by Bloomberg
RESPONSIBLE VALUE CHAINS CAP promotes the engagement and commitment towards sustainable and inclusive cobalt value chains

Battery metal demand to boost DRC mining

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) mining sector “has been given a boost, owing to a surge in demand for battery metals”, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking mining and resources finances co-head Nivaash Singh. He states that this has increased investment in operations for these... 

NIVAASH SINGH
Operators in the DRC will have to contend with corruption, illegal mining, growing terrorism, and the Covid-19 pandemic, after having had to deal with Ebola
NIVAASH SINGH Operators in the DRC will have to contend with corruption, illegal mining, growing terrorism, and the Covid-19 pandemic, after having had to deal with Ebola

Miner reports gold intercepts at flagship deposit

5th February 2021 Gold miner Loncor Resources last December announced that the second core hole of a 7 000 m drilling programme at its Adumbi deposit had intersected gold at its 84.6%-owned Imbo Project in the eastern part of the Ngayu greenstone belt, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The second core... 

STRIKING GOLD
The gold mineralisation at Adumbi is associated with up to 130 m of interbedded banded ironstone, quartz carbonate and chlorite schist
Photo by Shuttershock
STRIKING GOLD The gold mineralisation at Adumbi is associated with up to 130 m of interbedded banded ironstone, quartz carbonate and chlorite schist

Miner supports cobalt initiative, secures investment

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Diversified miner Glencore is playing a significant supporting role in The Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA), a multi-stakeholder initiative to support the production of fair cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says Glencore lead cobalt trader David Brocas. “We operate industrial mines in... 

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION
Glencore is actively supporting the FCA, and are encouraging other relevant companies to join the initiative
MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION Glencore is actively supporting the FCA, and are encouraging other relevant companies to join the initiative

DRC mining to be highlighted at event

5th February 2021 Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will feature prominently during virtual trade and investment entity Canada-Africa Chamber of Business’ twenty-second yearly African Mining Breakfast and in mining investment company MineAfrica’s nineteenth Investing in African Mining Seminar on... 

Non Ferrous Metal Works

5th February 2021 Non Ferrous Metal Works (NFM) Group is one of the leading non-ferrous metallurgical manufacturers and suppliers in Southern Africa. Established in 1947, NFM is a family-owned business employing over 300 people. With its head office and production facilities situated south of Durban and sales... 

Non Ferrous Metal Works

Tin producer achieves record production

5th February 2021 Tin miner Alphamin Resources in January reported that its tin production at its high-grade operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo increased by 13% to a quarterly record of 2 898 t. This exceeded the company’s market guidance of between 2 600 t and 2 800 t. The company also provided an... 

EXCELLING SAFETY
The Bisie tin mine recorded zero lost-time injuries in the last quarter
EXCELLING SAFETY The Bisie tin mine recorded zero lost-time injuries in the last quarter

Cobalt initiative begins programme roll-out

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 International collaboration the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) – launched in August last year – has begun implementing programmes to drive the safe and responsible development of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The founding members of the FCA, alongside The Impact Facility, include... 

Mining code could cap cobalt growth for DRC

By: Cameron Mackay     5th February 2021 Demand for portable electronics, energy storage and electric vehicles will create significant demand for lithium-ion batteries, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be a critical supplier of raw materials used in these technologies, particularly cobalt, states international metals and... 

SECURING SUPPLY
The DRC is the world’s largest producer of mined cobalt. Most intermediates produced in the country are exported owing to the lack of refining capacity
Photo by Bloomberg
SECURING SUPPLY The DRC is the world’s largest producer of mined cobalt. Most intermediates produced in the country are exported owing to the lack of refining capacity

Drive package delivered to greenfield mine

7th February 2020 The last of nine units of a comprehensive drive package were successfully delivered to a major greenfield copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive. The five main 500 kW drives weighed 12 t each while the remaining four... 

BIG FAN
A cooling unit had to be installed to the drives because of the extreme temperatures they would encounter in the Democratic Republic of Congo
BIG FAN A cooling unit had to be installed to the drives because of the extreme temperatures they would encounter in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Budget deficit reflects mining decline in DRC

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 Macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions expects that the Congolese budget deficit will widen from an estimated 0.7% of gross domestic product in 2019 to 1.1% in 2020, owing to declining revenues from the mining sector. The Congolese mining sector has a major bearing on government revenues,... 

DARK DAYS
The mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced some dark times over the last few years
DARK DAYS The mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced some dark times over the last few years

Welding Alloys South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2020 The loss of material owing to wear is costing the mining industry billions of dollars every year. Abrasive wear occurs when small pieces of material are forcefully removed from the surface of steel and other liners as feedstock passes through a chute, for example. Over time, the liner thickness... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Integrated Pump Technology

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2020 Established as the sole importer and princi­pal distributor for sub­Saharan Africa for the Grindex range of submersible pumps, Integrated Pump Technology has grown to offer tailor ­made solutions for vacuum pumps, as well as dry and submersible pumping applications. With its head office,... 

Integrated Pump Technology

Cobalt demand drives illegal trade

By: Halima Frost     7th February 2020 Increased global demand for cobalt is spurring mining activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), specifically illegal and artisanal operations. The southern point of the DRC is reported to contain about two-thirds of the world’s natural cobalt reserves. 

IN THE TRENCHES
Dire living and working conditions found in the Democratic Republic of Congo drive the artisanal and illegal mining sector
IN THE TRENCHES Dire living and working conditions found in the Democratic Republic of Congo drive the artisanal and illegal mining sector
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