Kinros Gold Miner Reels From ‘Resource Nationalism’ in Ghana and Mauritania

    Kinros Gold Miner Reels From ‘Resource Nationalism’ in Ghana and Mauritania  Kinross Gold is the latest miner to be hit by changing policies in Africa as governments seem increasingly willing to upend historic deals with foreign companies in their quest for more mining revenue. Mauritania’s rejection of a key permit to expand a Kinross project, and a proposed mining code review…

Glencore’s Penchant for Murky Business Could Unravel in DR-Congo

  Glencore’s Congo Mining Conundrum Miner and commodities trader Glencore is embroiled in a legal tangle over its copper and cobalt operations in Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict and changes to regulations have deterred many mining firms. US sanctions on Glencore‘s former Israeli partner in Congo have been a trigger for litigation. At the same time, relations with the Congolese authorities are under strain from a dispute…

Why Is Venkat Dumping AngloGold to Take Top Job at Vedanta Resources?

Why Is Venkat Dumping AngloGold to Take Top Job at Vedanta Resources? Srinivasan Venkatakrishan (Venkat) will step down as CEO of gold miner AngloGold Ashanti on August 31 to take up the CEO position at diversified miner Vedanta Resources. AngloGold on Monday said it has started a global search, considering both internal and external applicants, for a successor, who will be…

Congo Must Rewrite Mining Code to Protect Exemptions–Miners

Congo Must Rewrite Mining Code to Protect Exemptions–Miners International mining companies have insisted that Democratic Republic of Congo amend portions of a new mining code to respect exemptions they were granted by its predecessor. The companies announced last week that they had submitted a formal proposal to the government but the document itself, seen exclusively by Reuters on Thursday, takes a…

DR-Congo New Mining Tax “Untouchable”, Minister Tells Mining Companies

DR-Congo New Mining Tax “Untouchable”, Minister Tells Mining Companies Democratic Republic of Congo‘s mines minister rejected a proposal by mining companies on Friday to retain exemptions and scrap some taxes in exchange for higher royalties than those in a new mining code, calling the taxes “untouchable”. Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu was reacting to a proposal from mining companies under which the companies would…

Listen Up, Miners: Africa Wants Bigger Slice of Commodities Boom, Now!

Listen Up, Miners: Africa Wants Bigger Slice of Commodities Boom, Now! One by one, the biggest names in African mining are getting squeezed. The tactics might be blunt, but the message is clear: the countries where they operate want a bigger share of the proceeds. The collapse in commodities through 2015 hobbled some of Africa’s biggest resource economies,…