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…

Namibia Scraps Plan to Force White-Owned Businesses to Sell 25% Stake to Blacks

Namibia Scraps Plan to Force White-Owned Businesses to Sell 25% Stake to Blacks Namibia has scrapped a clause in its economic empowerment framework that would have forced white businesses to sell a 25% stake to previously disadvantaged blacks, President Hage Geingob said on Wednesday. Making the announcement during his state of the nation address, Geingob said a revised…

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…

Will Randgold Survive Its Multi-Front African Mining Travails?

Will Randgold Survive Its Multi-Front African Mining Travails?  Randgold Resources’s celebrated ability to operate in Africa is being tested on all fronts, and it’s taking a toll on the London-listed gold miner’s stock. For most of the last decade, Randgold shares were the best performers among gold miners tracked by Bloomberg. Now they are among the worst in the industry, sinking 20%…

Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe Mining: Juniors Rush In; Majors Still Skeptical

Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe Mining: Juniors Rush In; Majors Still Skeptical  While Zimbabwe’s leadership change has sparked a race for the nation’s mineral riches among entrepreneurs and tiny explorers, big-name mining companies are taking a wait-and-see approach. New President Emmerson Mnangagwa has a lot to prove as he seeks to revive the economy and attract mining investment that shriveled under his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.…