24 Nov 2020

Trading agreement to transform DRC cobalt sector

24 November 2020 – State owned Congolese mining company Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (EGC) has signed an offtake agreement with global commodity trader Trafigura with the aim to transform the […]
20 Nov 2020

Pick of the week is Altus’ Diba project in Mali

By LM Louw 20 November 2020 – Despite a new government and talk of reviewing mining regulations, Mali still offers huge opportunities for gold exploration. London based Altus Strategies are […]
19 Nov 2020

Addressing climate change risks in mining

19 November 2020 – Climate change is adding to the growing number of risks faced by mining companies. Addressing climate change risks has become a priority in the mining industry.  […]
17 Nov 2020

Osino’s Namibian gold discoveries much more than a Barking Dog

17 November 2020 – TSX listed Osino Resources’ new gold discoveries in Namibia indicate the potential to double the mineralised strike at its Twin Hills Central (THC) project.     Osino […]
15 Nov 2020

Norgold supports forest initiative in Burkina Faso

15 November 2020 – With an increased focus on social and environmental programmes by mining companies, Norgold’s community forest initiative in Burkina Faso is a good example of what private […]
14 Nov 2020

Mozambique withdraws prospecting licenses

14 November 2020 – The Mozambique government has withdrawn more than 2000 mining prospecting licenses over the last five years because the holders failed to initiate mining activities. According to […]
12 Nov 2020

Anglo invests in low emission shipping fleet

11 November 2020 – Diversified mining giant Anglo American has introduced LNG into its chartered shipping fleet for the first time, thereby adding a low emission fleet to its global […]
12 Nov 2020

Deep-sea mineral platform launched ahead of battery boom

11 November 2020 – The World Economic Forum has launched an impartial platform to stimulate discussions about deep-sea mineral mining in the lead up to an anticipated battery boom in […]
9 Nov 2020

License to operate the top risk in 2020

By LM Louw 09 November 2020 – Covid-19 has altered the operating environment for the extractive sector. It is hardly a surprise that “the license to operate” is the top […]
7 Nov 2020

Pick of the week is the Kayelekera uranium project in Malawi

By LM Louw WhyAfrica 07 November 2020 – With the spot price of uranium rising by 36% since the start of 2020, my pick of the week is ASX listed […]
6 Nov 2020

When developing, preserve African heritage

06 November 2020 – Although extractive activities, agriculture and infrastructure development are important building blocks for African countries, it should not be done at the expense of the unique cultural […]
5 Nov 2020

What is really driving the market?

By Avinash Kalkerpersad and Arnold van Graan. 05 November – During a year of extreme volatility, the mining sector has recorded some gains. But what is really driving the market?  […]
30 Oct 2020

Resources the big winner during Covid-19

By: Shirley Webber Resources have been the big winner during the Covid-19 pandemic. Gold, especially, has been a stable constant during trying times.   If you were looking for a silver […]
27 Oct 2020

Ethiopia a prime spot for geologists

27 October 2020 – Ethiopia has become a prime spot for geologists and junior exploration companies as the country’s government ease up on regulations and prime minister Abiy Ahmed Ali’s […]
26 Oct 2020

Mining industry adopts sustainable approaches

By Simon Norton, International Zinc Association- Africa desk 26 October 2020 – The mining industry is adopting sustainable approaches as it comes to terms with mining’s impact on people and […]
24 Oct 2020
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Twiga’s gold mines in Tanzania is pick of the week

By LM Louw  24 October 2020 – As Tanzania enters the final straight before general elections, my pick of the week is Twiga Minerals, a joint venture between Barrick Gold […]
23 Oct 2020

Africa’s Covid-19 response

23 October 2020 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently discussed Africa’s Covid-19 response. Several African economies are sustained by the extractive industry, with most national budgets dependent on mining […]
21 Oct 2020

Drill rigs unleashed in Orion’s Prieska hunt

By LM Louw for WhyAfrica  21 October 2020 – The exploration drilling rigs are lining up at ASX listed Orion Minerals’ Prieska operation in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province as […]
18 Oct 2020

Mining waste to fight climate change

18 October 2020 – Dealing with the residual waste after companies have abandoned mining sites is a major challenge. It is an extremely costly exercise. Despite the potential to create […]
11 Oct 2020

Filling a copper void

11 October 2020 – With a copper deficit looming, my pick of the week is Canadian giant Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa-Kakula copper project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). […]
10 Oct 2020

Synergies in Côte d’Ivoire

10 October 2020 – Perseus Mining’s acquisition of Exore Resources’ Bagoé gold project in Côte d’Ivoire is an interesting development in the West African mining space. Bagoé is made up […]
5 Oct 2020

Ethiopia ready for a gold rush

05 October 2020 – According to an article first published by Bloomberg, Ethiopian gold exports surged after the central bank offered higher prices for the metal in a bid to […]
30 Sep 2020

Magufuli dances macabre with mining

By LM Louw 30 September 2020 – As Tanzania heads into its next general election president John Magufuli seems to have the edge on his long list of competitors. However, […]
28 Sep 2020

Borrowing from the ocean

28 September 2020 – Oranjemund in Namibia is an important site for the extraction of precious stones. Mining companies in this region have been borrowing from the ocean for a […]
27 Sep 2020

The business of SDGs

Nyon, Switzerland, Sept. 23, 2020 – Just 10 years are left to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and as one of the few sectors with links […]
26 Sep 2020

Mkango’s Malawi moves

By L.M. Louw 26 September 2020 – My pick of the week is Canadian company Mkango Resources’ projects in the small country of Malawi, also known as the warm heart […]
23 Sep 2020

Is the DRC really a problem child?

By Jessica Stang, community manager of the Germany Africa Business Forum. Berlin, Germany, 22 September 2020 – Is the DRC really a problem child? According to the World Bank, just […]
22 Sep 2020

Gold contributes to SDGs

22 September 2020 – Gold contributes to SDG’s. This is the message from the World Gold Council (WGC). To coincide with the 75th session of the United Nations (UN) General […]
21 Sep 2020

When in Nigeria, ask for the South African in Abuja

21 September 2020 – When in Nigeria, ask for the South African in Abuja. Not many South Africans have travelled to Nigeria. Less than a handful have  started up their […]
16 Sep 2020

Côte d’Ivoire gold can now be traced from pit to market

16 September 2020 – Côte d’Ivoire gold can now be traced from pit to market. After first export of gold, IMPACT and the European Union announced that a traceability and […]