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Gold mining reduces infant mortality rate

Large scale gold mining in sub-Saharan Africa has reduced infant mortality in nearby communities, with rates falling by 50% among those born within 10km of a gold mine...

3 May 2019

Botswana's largest diamond find

A 1,758-carat diamond, second only in size to the famous Cullinan diamond, has been unearthed by Lucara Diamond Corp at its Karowe mine in Botswana.

26 Apr 2019

Why responsible sourcing of DRC minerals has major weak spots

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is rich in minerals such as coltan, tantalum, tin and gold. All are coveted for their widespread use in modern technologies, like semiconductors for cars and mobile phones...

By Peer Schouten 23 Apr 2019

20-carat Okavango Blue diamond unveiled

The biggest blue diamond discovery ever made in Botswana has been unveiled to the world by Okavango Diamond Company (ODC)...

18 Apr 2019

The DRC and China's Sicomines: why future deals should be different

It was confidently billed at the time as the "deal of the century". The Sino Congolaise des Mines (Sicomines) was the most significant Chinese investment project in Africa when it was agreed in 2007...

By Andoni Maiza Larrarte & Gloria Claudio-Quiroga 3 Apr 2019

Zim to relax mine ownership rules

When the Zimbabwean government announced it would relax the indigenisation and economic empowerment regulations in late 2017,it was restricted to the platinum and diamond mining sectors only...

11 Mar 2019

#MiningIndaba2019: It's time to make Africa prosperous

Africa is home to 30% of the world's mineral reserves. The irony is that a continent that is so rich in minerals is home of the world's poorest people...

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2019

#MiningIndaba2019: World's first fully automated mine

Technology will breathe new life into an old mine when Syama gold mine in south Mali is becomes the first fully-automated mine in the world...

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2019

iDredge makes alluvial diamond mining easier

New technology, the iDredge, has produced a whopping 14,1 carats from 1,200kg of alluvial/gravel deposits in the Kasai River of the DRC in the first test run...

14 Nov 2018

Changing the face of Africa's mining regulation

In sub-Saharan Africa mining is no longer about the extraction of minerals, it has become the mainstay of mineral producing economies...

By Patience Panashe 15 Oct 2018

DRC needs mining-related skills development

With the growing global interest in cobalt and copper, the Democratic Republic of Congo's needs to focus on developing specialised mining-related skills...

14 Aug 2018

#MFGIndaba: Africa's opportunity to unlock industrial growth potential

Manufacturing Indaba 2018 promises to be bigger and more innovative than ever before, providing the broader manufacturing industry with a roadmap and the connections to unlock their growth potential and deliver accelerated GDP growth...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 May 2018

Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day

More than 150 delegates and speakers are expected to attend the inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum...

30 Apr 2018

DRC enacts law to hike tax on minerals

KINSHASA - DR Congo President Joseph Kabila enacted a law to hike taxes on so-called strategic metals and ordered government consultations with foreign companies worried by the change, an official said...

13 Mar 2018

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