Coltan Mining News

Congo opposition reneging on unity boosts Kabila protege

Kabila’s anointed successor in power would raise the risk of instability in a key supplier of the metals used in electric vehicles and mobile phones.

Biggest Congo coltan miner resumes buying after output halt

Societe Miniere de Bisunzu Sarl resumed purchases of the ore after a three-month shutdown at one of the country’s largest deposits.

LME to get tougher on cobalt companies with ties to the DRC

Starting next year, it will demand firms that get at least 25% of their metal from small-scale mines in the DRC to be subject of a professional audit.

Venezuelan Catholic Church worried about mining devastation

"The church but the entire world is worried about the environmental degradation that unregulated mining activities are causing in the Bolívar and Amazonas states."

Big miners arrive in the DRC to go over new mining code

The companies have just resigned from the Congolese Chamber of Commerce.

Cobalt to be declared a strategic mineral in Congo

Royalties paid to the government from cobalt and coltan mining will jump to 10 per cent from 2 per cent.

Venezuelan government defends Mining Arc, environmentalists say it’s not working

Very few of the 150 companies who expressed interest in investing in the Mining Arc actually presented concrete offers.

INFOGRAPHIC: The true costs of artisanal mining

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) has become a major of revenue for millions of people in about 80 countries worldwide, with more than 100 million people currently depending on the activity for their livelihoods. But at what costs?

Following detention, journalist publishes controversial story about Venezuela’s Mining Arc

Rampant violence and corruption are the norm in the mines of the southern Guayana region.

LME launches probe on cobalt suppliers over fears of child exploitation

The LME has sent a directive to all suppliers asking them to detail how they guarantee “responsible sourcing” of the commodities they trade in the exchange.

Venezuela’s Mining Arch in the spotlight again

New reports highlighting the environmental dangers posed by mineral exploitation at the Mining Arch have emerged, as Venezuelan officials try to convince Alrosa to invest in the project.

‘Conflict minerals’ entering tech supply chains from countries beyond Africa — report

Tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold are now also being illegally extracted and traded at sites under the control of armed groups in countries including Myanmar and Colombia.

EU toughens up rules on imports of conflict minerals

The new law, which will come into force in 2021, requires importers to ensure their business do not contribute to armed conflicts.

US Lithium to mine for copper, nickel, cobalt in Canada’s Saskatchewan

The Gochagar Lake project, until now property of Diamond Hunter, consists of four claims covering 3,759 hectares located in northern Saskatchewan.

DR Congo’s perfect storm

A leaked White House memo, which outlines the suspension of a portion of the Dodd-Frank rule on ‘conflict minerals’, will exacerbate already high levels of violence in DR Congo.

US mulls scaling back ‘conflict minerals’ rule

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is reconsidering the rule, which requires companies to trace and report whether their products contain minerals from a war-torn part of Africa.

Eight dead, 35 injured in Congo mining hub amid anti-Govt protests

Congolese security forces accused of shooting civilians in the southern city of Lubumbashi.

Congo’s cobalt production set to soar despite claims of child labour

Last year, the country's cobalt production accounted for just over half of the world's output.

China snaps up $4.5bn worth of overseas mining assets in just six months

Most of them have been after existing operations and companies, rather than trying to build mines from scratch.

Fresh wave of Chinese firms to go after Congo’s riches — report

Faced with declining domestic production, China's top copper company — Minmetals — said earlier this year that the "only solution” was going overseas, and many are following its steps.

Illegal gold trade in Congo still benefiting armed groups, foreign companies

Illegally acquired and exported gold from the mineral-rich eastern Congo keeps filling the pockets of some foreign companies as well as armed groups, a new report shows.

Illegal mining in Congo wiping out gorilla populations

Fewer than 3,800 Grauer gorillas still live in the wild, down from 17,000 in 1998 due mainly to illegal mining for coltan and other minerals, a report shows.