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Congo copper faces increased LME scrutiny with audits

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will start requiring that copper producers which source metal from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) carry out independent audits to prove their material is ethically sourced, according to people familiar with the matter. The LME is reviewing its requirements... 

Cobalt prices stabilising – ERG

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 The recent price adjustment in the cobalt market represents a logical and short-term correction to the heightened speculative activity earlier this year, says Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO Benedikt  Sobotka. Cobalt metal prices jumped in excess of 120% between 2016 and 2017, a sign of strong... 

Battery boom spurs quest to resurrect World War II cobalt mines

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2018 The giant rocky outcrop known by locals as La Cobaltera offers a glimpse into northern Chile’s mining past, and a hint of its future. Slag from an ancient furnace is piled at the entrance of a mine shaft that hasn’t seen commercial activity since World War II. Inside, eucalyptus posts still... 

Ivanhoe advances projects in ‘productive’ Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines had a productive second quarter ended June 30, with underground development at the planned initial copper mine at Kakula, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making steady progress. The mine is expected to reach the high-grade copper mineralisation later this... 

Banro gold mine trucks attacked in eastern Congo, two dead – army

By: Reuters     12th August 2018 Militiamen in eastern Congo attacked trucks belonging to Banro's Namoya gold mine, killing two people and kidnapping four others, the army said on Saturday, in at least the third attack on mine personnel since last year. The attack was carried out by militiamen from the group Mai Mai Malaika on... 

Randgold looking across the Atlantic

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 African gold mining company Randgold Resources is looking across the Atlantic along the northern edge of South America, which effectively hosts the same geology as West Africa, where the London-listed company has its biggest gold-mining base. This is in addition to intensifying exploration... 

AfDB head calls for agriculture technologies to optimize African farmers' output

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 African farms should be given access to technologies that will enhance production, with evidence from countries such as Nigeria demonstrating that technology coupled with strong government backing are yielding positive results, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has said.... 

Randgold's Q2 profit, output inch higher

By: Reuters     9th August 2018 African miner Randgold Resources maintained its 2018 targets on Thursday after it reported a rise in second-quarter profit and production, citing a good performance at its Kibali mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the three months to June 30, production rose 9% compared to the previous... 

ASX demands shareholder approval for Winmar deals

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th August 2018 ASX-listed Winmar Resources will require shareholder approval for its transaction with African Holding Investment Company for a 50% interest in the Luapula cobalt processing facility, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The company on Friday said that it had been informed by the ASX that the... 

Unctad, Alibaba say Africa is ripe for e-commerce opportunities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Across Africa, e-commerce platforms flanked by payments, logistics, tourism and big data partners, are beginning to lift local economies, says e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), which co-hosted the Netrepreneurs: The... 

ABM to acquire Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire base metals assets

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM) has conditionally agreed to acquire Cobalt Blue Holdings (CBH) and Regent Resources Interests Corporation (RRIC), which hold highly prospective base metals exploration assets in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire, respectively. CBH holds four prospecting licences... 

Glencore darts ahead of diversified rivals

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2018 The strength of the business model and commodity mix of mining and marketing company Glencore has been demonstrated once again by sharp increases in earnings and net income in the six months to June 30. The earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of the 146... 

Glencore's poised for record profit despite horrible year

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Glencore may have had a nightmarish year so far, but the world’s top commodity trader is still raking in mountains of money. The company is facing a US corruption probe, got mired in a dispute with its billionaire former partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been caught in the... 

Success of Africawide free trade area will partly rest on world-class infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 The construction industry - a key partner in the economic integration of the continent envisaged by the African Continental Free Trade Area By Mokate Ramafoko, PPC Managing Director: International Operations 

Sherritt sees soft cobalt prices as temporary trend

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 Sherritt International Corp said on Tuesday that recent weakness in the price of cobalt, a key material in rechargeable batteries, is expected to be temporary as demand continues to grow from the electric vehicle market. Toronto-based Sherritt said prices softened in the second quarter on... 

Battery chemical surplus sparks plunge in cobalt price

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 A surplus of cobalt chemicals used to make the rechargeable batteries that power electric vehicles has seen Chinese refiners switch to producing metal, sending prices down 30 percent in recent months. The electric-vehicle revolution is expected to boost demand and prices for cobalt, which... 

Glencore copper, zinc ramp-ups paying off in production numbers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2018 The ramp up of diversified miner Glencore’s Katanga mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has delivered increased copper and cobalt for the first half of this year, in line with full-year guidance, which is 1.4-million tonnes of copper and 39 000 t of cobalt. Financial services... 

Investors cheer Ivanhoe’s resource update for Kipushi

By: Mariaan Webb     30th July 2018 Canadian major Ivanhoe Mines on Monday published a mineral resource estimate update for its Kipushi zinc/copper/silver/germanium project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), increasing the past-producing mine’s zinc-rich resources by 16% and copper-rich resources by 40%. The new estimate,... 

SA varsities deserve a pat on the back

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th July 2018 Two international university rankings published in the last couple of months had me thinking about a perception index released by consultancy firm Ipsos in January, which revealed that South Africans are in a league of their own apropos of their perceptions of key scenarios in the country, with... 

Zimbabwe's African Chrome Fields eyes equity sale to fund expansion

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Zimbabwe's largest chrome miner African Chrome Fields (ACF) is talking to foreign investors about an equity sale to help fund expansion but will ensure the firm's two main partners retain control, the majority shareholder said on Wednesday. The chairman of Moti Group, which has a majority stake... 

Kibali mine targets record production following underground ramp-up

By: Nadine James     25th July 2018 Gold production at Randgold Resources’ Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is rising steadily on the back of the optimisation of its automated underground operation, and it is on track to beat its guidance of 730 000 oz for 2018, Randgold CE Mark Bristow said on Wednesday.... 

WDC marks first official mission to Angola

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Marking the first World Diamond Council (WDC) mission to Angola outside of a formal Kimberley Process (KP) meeting, acting president Stephane Fischler and executive director Marie-Chantal Kaninda travelled to Angola for a series of meetings with stakeholders involved in the KP, last week. The WDC... 

Telecom Egypt, Liquid Telecom sign MoU to complete fibre network from Cape Town to Cairo

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the Pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global, has been... 

How mining tycoons are trying to foil a big UK bribery probe

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2018 It’s a faint echo of the defense being floated by targets of the Mueller probe in the US – an unaccountable circle of bureaucrats manipulating the system to their own ends. But in London, it’s the last ditch effort by a trio of Kazakh oligarchs to derail the UK’s biggest bribery investigation. 

Kenya says Nairobi–Mombasa refined products pipeline ready for use

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A refined products pipeline linking Kenya's capital Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa is complete and ready for use, state-run Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) said on Wednesday. The 450 km pipeline will eliminate an estimated 700 oil tanker trucks per day that transport fuel by road between... 

Glencore sets up committee to respond to US subpoena

By: Mariaan Webb     11th July 2018 Diversified miner and commodity trader Glencore has established a board committee to oversee the London- and Johannesburg-listed company’s response to US authorities’ demand for documents relating to possible corruption and money laundering. The committee comprises chairperson Tony Hayward,... 

SADC Committee of Ministers of Finance meets in South Africa

By: African News Agency      11th July 2018 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Committee of Ministers of Finance and Investment will meet today in Johannesburg to discuss areas of cooperation and improving regional financial coordination.  The Ministers will be joined by the central bank governors from the region.  

Mining can be a major driver of development in poor countries – ICMM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The lives of people living in countries whose economies are dependent on mining have, on average, improved faster than those of people in other countries over the past 20 years, a report by the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) has found.  

Katanga appoints new COO

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2018 TSX-listed Katanga Mining, which is a subsidiary of diversified miner Glencore, has appointed Samuel Rasmussen COO. Rasmussen, who holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining from the Colorado School of Mines, has copper processing and mining experience in large-scale openpit and... 

Tiger cancels sale of Kipoi to Chinese firm

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th July 2018 Copper miner Tiger Resources has pulled the plug on the divestment of its assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to a Chinese consortium. Tiger in January announced that it would sell its Kipoi mine and other assets in the DRC to special purpose vehicle Sinomine Fuhai (Hong Kong)... 

Products facilitate cleaner, safer environments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th July 2018 With dust legislation encouraging awareness of dust repercussions, chemical solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) and its subsidiary a.b.e are providing a range of dust suppression technologies to help reduce the effects of dust, Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News. “We... 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 An industrial chemicals factory opened in the Maluti-a-Phofong special economic zone (SEZ), in Harrismith, Free State, will play a key intermediate role in supporting the value chains that pass through this transport node, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chemicals and Textiles... 

Eramet searches for lithium deposits in Chile, Argentina, Brazil - CEO

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 French miner Eramet SA is looking to acquire lithium deposits in Chile, Argentina and Brazil to expand its portfolio into the minerals used in batteries for electric vehicles, its chief executive said on Thursday. "Our priority is to develop our existing lithium deposit in Argentina. But we are... 

US probe darkens Glencore's horizons from Africa to Americas

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2018 The US corruption and money-laundering probe into Glencore Plc represents the sum of all fears for the world’s largest commodity trader and its billionaire CEO Ivan Glasenberg. The possibility that the Justice Department would add to the dizzying array of regulatory and legal headaches the Swiss... 

Congo court suspends hearing on Glencore-owned cobalt mine

By: Bloomberg     2nd July 2018 A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo suspended a hearing about a lawsuit brought by a former shareholder of a Glencore-owned cobalt and copper mine. The case was put on hold pending a decision by the country’s Court of Appeal on whether the High Court should have jurisdiction over the... 

Inkulu Plastics expands offerings and services

By: Melissa Zisengwe     29th June 2018 Gas pipes provider Inkulu Plastics now offers the South African market a range of small-, medium- and large-bore high-density polyethylene (HDPE) gas pipes of between 16 mm and 630 mm in diameter. “Manufactured in accordance with ISO 4437 standards, our gas pipes and fittings are quality-tested... 

Airbus to support Côte d’Ivoire’s aerospace industry development

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 Global aerospace major Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to create a cooperation framework which, in turn, will facilitate the development of the West African country’s aerospace industry. The Côte d’Ivoire Government has... 

Mining investors spooked as African dispute payments multiply

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 Miners across Africa are increasingly using one-time payments to settle disputes with governments, a trend that’s disturbing some investors. A $150-million payment by Glencore’s Katanga Mining to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Gecamines earlier this month followed Freeport McMoRan’s separate... 

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