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African Potash soars on second supply deal in a week

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 1, 2015
African Potash soars on second supply deal in a week

The company plans to create a vertically integrated operator to tap into a region that buys in an estimated 10 million tonnes of fertilizer a year.

Prepare for flood of copper concentrate

Frik Els | July 15, 2015
Prepare for flood of copper cocentrate

New data by International Copper Study Group predicts copper mine output will grow 5.7 million tonnes by 2018 as Peru, Zambia and Mexico ramp up production.

Congo’s Gecamines sells copper assets to Chinese for $52 million

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 14, 2015
Congo’s Gecamines sells copper assets to Chinese for $52 million

The deal increases Chinese miners presence in Congo, which is Africa’s top copper producer and the world’s largest producer of cobalt.

When it comes to conflict mining regulation, should one size fit all?

Sonal Sinha | July 1, 2015
American businessmen accused of using fake gold mine to get $1m from investors

Conflict mining remains an important issue, and one we are beginning to see governments step in to address in different ways.

Avalon banks on new ‘blood metals’ rule for Canada’s tin mine success

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 30, 2015
Avalon banks on new ‘blood metals’ rule for Canada’s tin mine success

The miner is spending $1.3 million in exploration work aimed to reopen a historic tin-indium mine in Nova Scotia.

Congo mulls suspending Ivanhoe's Kamoa stake sale to Zijin

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 17, 2015
Congo mulls suspending Ivanhoe's Kamoa copper venture sale

It also plans to review the legal status of the joint venture, while it negotiates with Ivanhoe to raise its stake to 20% from the current 5% it holds.

African Potash seeks to create trading platform in Eastern and Southern Africa

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 11, 2015
African Potash seeks to create trading platform in Eastern and Southern Africa

The goal is to facilitate the mining, production and distribution of the fertilizer in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Europe closes in on conflict minerals

DRC copper uncertainty

An annual list that reveals the names of mineral smelters that do not use raw materials linked with criminal gangs is at the heart of Europe’s push to clean up the world’s mining industry.

Conflict gold case against Swiss refiner dropped 

Frik Els | June 2, 2015
Conflict gold case dropped

Insufficient evidence against Argos-Heraeus.

CFSI enables companies to comply with new EU Conflict Minerals rules

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Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative Expands Geographic Scope, Adopts Risk-Based Approach

Tesla Storage announcement is another piece of the puzzle in renewable energy hybrid markets

THEnergy observes increasing interest in storage solutions from industrial off-grid end-customers and project developers.

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China’s Zijin inks deals with two Canadian firms on the same day

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 26, 2015
China’s Zijin grabs stake in two Canadian firms on the same day

Perhaps the most important aspect of today’s agreements is the fact that both aim to form long-term strategic partnerships to collaborate on further ventures, opening new markets for all the firms involved.

World Bank, IMF, UNDP and Diplomatic Reps Tour Sicomines Project to Observe Progress of the DRC’s First Infrastructure-For-Minerals Partnership Mines

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Facilities scheduled to start production in the fall of 2015; seen as model for future foreign investment and development projects

EU lawmakers surprise with vote on ‘blood metals’ ban

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 20, 2015
EU lawmakers surprise with vote on ‘blood metals’ ban

The main objective of the legislation is to ensure that profits from those so-called “blood metals” — tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold — do not go to African warlords.

Europe set to adopt voluntary conflict mineral law

Frik Els | May 18, 2015
Europe set to adopt own conflict mineral law

Providing proof of origin of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold near conflict zones voluntary under law to be adopted this week.

DRC: Mining code negotiations to resume

The Africa Report | April 21, 2015

The DRC's government has told mining companies it intends to reopen negotiations with them over a revision of the mining code sent to parliament last month.

Zijin Mining buys 10% of Canada's Ivanhoe Mines

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 23, 2015
Zijin Mining buys 10% of Canada's Ivanhoe Mines

Zijn's main interest in Ivanhoe seems to be the Kamoa copper project.

Copper market vulnerable to DRC politics: CIBC

CEO.CA | March 10, 2015
DRC copper uncertainty

The Democratic Republic of Congo, a big, lush, mineral-rich country in the heart of Sub Saharan Africa, currently produces roughly 6% of the world’s copper.

Randgold's Kibali ramp-up on track for 600koz

Frik Els | January 27, 2015
Randgold's Kibali ramp-up on track for 600koz

Randgold Resources' $1.7bn Kibali project in DRC is operating at design after commissioning of metallurgical plant and first of three hydropower plants.

DRC gold production set to quadruple

MINING.com Editor | October 26, 2014
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The amount of gold produced by the Democratic Republic of Congo is on track to be four times the amount produced last year, thanks largely to the opening of the Kibali gold mine in May.

Opportunities but also challenges for Africa’s gold-producing countries

Randgold Resources | October 22, 2014
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Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow argues that the looming undersupply of gold will create opportunities for mineral-rich African countries but they will have to compete aggressively for shrinking exploration dollars.

This $2 million red diamond is the hero in Rio’s annual tender

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 12, 2014
This $2 million red diamond is the hero in Rio’s annual tender

In the 30 years Rio Tinto's Argyle Pink Diamonds have been tendering the rare gems, only 13 red diamonds have been brought in.

Huge miss at Randgold's Kibali

Frik Els | August 7, 2014
Huge miss at Randgold's Kibali

Output falls 19% at $2.5 billion DRC mine.

De Beers changing its diamond sales model

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 22, 2014
De Beers changing its diamond sales model

The world's largest diamond miner by market value said it will adopt a more flexible sales approach.

Diamond industry recovers place in miners’ hearts on climbing demand, prices

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 8, 2014
Diamond industry recovers place in miners’ hearts on climbing demand, prices

Sector now delivering some of the healthiest returns for many of the world’s biggest miners, including Rio Tinto and Anglo American.

Tesla’s Gigafactory: Needs 6 new graphite mines, but where will cobalt be sourced?

Satellite images show Tesla's Gigafactory ambitions

The electric motor company's plans to double the globe's battery output will up graphite demand 152%, but sourcing cobalt outside the Congo could prove difficult.

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