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…

Zimbabwe Signs $4.2bn Platinum Deal to Transform Mining Sector

Zimbabwe signs $4.2bn platinum deal to transform mining sector  A Cypriot investor signed a $4.2-billion deal on Thursday to develop a platinum mine and refinery in Zimbabwe, an investment that President Emmerson Mnangagwa said showed the country was “open for business”. Signing the agreement with Cyprus-based Karo Resources, Mines Minister Winston Chitando said work would start in July, with the first output of platinum group…

Mining Companies Already Feeling the Pinch of New Congolese Mining Code 

Mining Companies Already Feeling the Pinch of New Congolese Mining Code Beyond raising costs for domestic miners, a new mining code signed into law by Congolese President Joseph Kabila last week, poses downside risks to the investment outlook of the country’s mining industry over the coming years, as a result of heightened government intervention and regulatory uncertainty, research firm BMI said on…

Ghana’s Biggest Mine Union Threatens Strikes Over Gold Fields Plc Jobs Cuts

  Ghana’s Biggest Mine Union Threatens Strikes Over Gold Fields Plc Jobs Cuts  Ghana’s largest mineworkers’ union plans protests and strikes throughout operations in the country if the government allows Gold Fields Ltd.’s local unit to dismiss more than 2,000 staff as it starts the process of hiring a contractor to operate its biggest mine in the West African nation. Gold Fields…

South Africa Escaped Recession in 2017. So What? It’s Still in a Pickle.

  Encouraging data give weight to Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s statements on South Africa’s growth forecasts Economic growth accelerated for the first time in four years in 2017, with continued strong recovery in agriculture, giving weight to Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s statements that growth forecasts will probably be revised upwards. Revisions to historical data in…

African Mining Still Wracked by Trust Deficit Between Miners and Host-Govts/Communities

  African Mining Still Wracked by Trust Deficit Between Miners and Host-Govts/Communities The conclusion of the eighth MineAfrica panel discussion at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference on Sunday was that “endemic mistrust between private sector miners and African jurisdictions belies the spirit and objectives set out in the African Union’s African Mining Vision.” According…

Burkina Faso’s $1bn Manganese Project Seeks New Partners

 Burkina Faso is looking for a new partner to mine the world’s largest manganese deposit after rights disputes thwarted two earlier attempts to develop the $1-billion project. Pan African Minerals, a unit of Timis Mining, was told to stop production at the Tambao mine in 2015 following a change in leadership in the West African nation. The company then petitioned the International…