20 Jan 2022

Shalina seals DRC cobalt/copper deal

Shalina seals DRC cobalt/copper deal A deal signed between DRC cobalt and copper producer Shalina Resources/Chemaf and commodity trader Trafigura will facilitate new supply of high-grade cobalt hydroxide and copper […]
30 Dec 2021

What’s hot in African mining?

What’s hot in African mining? WhyAfrica features a mining project in Africa every two weeks in its regular newsletter. In our end of the year magazine, we look back at […]
8 Dec 2021

The state of democracy in Africa

The state of democracy in Africa Since the beginning of the 1990s democracy has been the dominant form of governance in most African regions, writes Leon Louw, founder and editor […]
8 Dec 2021

Africa’s shift to net-zero

Africa’s shift to net-zero The climate crisis is an unavoidable reality. For every company, individual and government, changing the shape of this crisis has become, or should become a priority, […]
19 Nov 2021

Conservation in Africa doesn’t always mean protecting larger areas

Conservation in Africa doesn’t always mean protecting larger areas A new study indicates efforts to protect antelopes and other species in central Africa might be more successful if less land […]
14 Nov 2021

Bisie in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Bisie in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week Early drilling result from Alphamin Resources’ Mpama North and Mpama South look extremely promising. The company also released spectacular quarter […]
16 Aug 2021

Cobalt faces triple threat in southern Africa

By William Adams, Head of Commodity Markets Research at Fastmarkets 16 August 2021 – Cobalt faces a triple threat in southern Africa. Civil unrest, Covid-19, and supply curbs – three factors that could […]
1 Aug 2021

Botswana’s diversification strategy gathers momentum

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 01 August 2021 – Although Covid-19 has presented Botswana with many challenges, the country’s diversification strategy started gathering momentum during this time. […]
31 Jul 2021

Mining investment in the DRC not at expected levels

By Warren Beech, CEO of Beech Veltman Incorporated  31 July 2021 – The DRC is endowed with vast mineral reserves, particularly cobalt, copper and gold. Despite its rich mineral deposits, […]
22 Jul 2021

New agricultural initiative to empower DRC farmers

22 July 2021 – A new agricultural initiative, led by the ERG Africa, is earmarked to empower DRC farmers in the Haut-Katanga province, close to ERG Africa’s Frontier copper project. […]
18 Jun 2021

Cobalt is critical for worldwide electric mobility

18 June 2021 – During last month’s Cobalt Conference a special focus was placed on the critical role that cobalt will play in enabling electric mobility across the globe. Most […]
8 Jun 2021

Water supply in Goma a concern after volcano eruption

08 June 2021 – The water supply to about 200 000 people in the city of Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province in the eastern Republic of the Congo, […]
7 Jun 2021

DRC lost more than 5% of primary forest between 2002 and 2020

By Morgan Erickson-Davis for Mongabay https://news.mongabay.com/ 07 June 2021 – According to University of Maryland data, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) lost more than 5% of its primary […]
29 May 2021

Macron repents in Rwanda

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 29 May 2021 – In a historic week for Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Rwanda to forgive France for its […]
29 May 2021

The Curse of Goma

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 28 May 2021 – Goma, in the North Kivu province of the DRC, has been at the receiving end of wave upon […]
3 May 2021

Ivanhoe signs MoU to upgrade Inga turbine in the DRC.

April 26, 2021– Ivanhoe Mines Energy DRC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a public-private partnership (PPP) with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) state-owned power company […]
9 Apr 2021

Initiative to support artisanal small-scale cobalt mining launched in DRC.

09 April 2021 – Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (EGC), an initiative to support artisanal small-scale cobalt mining was recently officially launched in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) towards […]
3 Apr 2021

WhyAfrica’s pick of the week is Africa’s tin deposits.

By Leon Louw for WhyAfrica 03 April 2021 – With demand for tin concentrate on the increase and a serious shortage of supply looming, eyes are turning towards Africa. Tin […]
3 Apr 2021

2023 elections will mark critical stage in DRC.

03 April 2021 – The 2023 electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will mark “a new critical stage” in the country’s journey to democratic transition and […]
21 Mar 2021

DRC’s first ‘Cahier de Charge’ approved.

21 March 2021 – In a pioneering step, a large mining company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has – with assistance from SRK Consulting Congo – become the […]
7 Mar 2021

WhyAfrica’s Hawks Eye is on Manono in the DRC.

07 March 2021 – With the tin price hitting some high notes early in the year, a number of new projects are in the pipeline. One of them is in […]
23 Feb 2021

Attack on UN convoy in DRC raise concern.

23 February 2021 – The attack on a UN convoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has raised concerns and once again highlighted the risks of operating in […]
7 Feb 2021

WhyAfrica’s Hawks Eye is on Barrick’s Kibali gold mine in the DRC.

07 February 2021 – The underground mine at Kibali, one of the prime gold mining projects in Africa, achieved record monthly and quarterly ore production in December 2020 and therefore […]
7 Jan 2021

Loncor and Barrick strengthen Joint Venture in DRC

07 December 2020 – Last year Loncor Resources and Barrick Gold entered into two new agreements that will see the companies further strengthen their Joint Venture in the DRC. Loncor […]
29 Nov 2020

What you need to know about the DRC Mining Code

By Peter Finan, principal at Support Legal in New York, USA 29 November 2020 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a treasure trove for mineral exploration and […]
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 […]
5 Nov 2020

Lime operation a boost for DRC’s cement production

05 November 2020 – The government of the DRC expects a recently commissioned lime kiln at a cement plant to boost the country’s annual cement production substantially.  The kiln at […]
27 Oct 2020

Tropical forests could solve climate change questions

By Inès Magoum   27 October 2020 – Tropical forests in the Congo Basin serve as carbon sinks and could solve climate change questions. Forests and climate change. What is the […]