Rwanda Targets $2bn Investments for 50 Mining Licenses in 2018

 Rwanda will issue 50 new licences to mine metals including gold, tin and tantalum this year that may help boost investment in the East African nation by a fifth, the Rwanda Development Board said. The state-run board expects to attract $2-billion of investment in 2018, compared with $1.67-billion last year, CEO Clare Akamanzi said in an interview in the capital, Kigali. It’s…

World’s Biggest Miners Out of the Hole, Splash $200bn Comeback to Investors

Rio Tinto, BHP and Glencore dig up boom-era profits again, rewarding investors and looking for deals The world’s biggest mining companies are again poised to shower investors with billions of dollars and make deals, a turnaround fueled by the global economy’s renewed appetite for raw materials and by the burgeoning electric-vehicle market. Four of the…

SA Mining Industry Will Smile Under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

 There’s excitement in the mining industry in South Africa. Perhaps, they should be excited because one of their own has just been inaugurated President of the Republic. But, Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson, Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signaled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber…

Electric Cars and Niche Metals Reviving Enthusiasm and Luring Cash Back to African Mines

Rising commodity prices may have revived enthusiasm for African resources, but it’s unlikely to be the old mainstays of coal and iron-ore pulling crowds next week as the mining industry meets in Cape Town. The electric-vehicle boom and shifting industrial demand have transformed formerly niche metals – from lithium and cobalt to praseodymium and neodymium – into the hot new drawcards of African mining.…

DR-Congo Wants Mores Taxes as Apple and Tesla Hunt for Cobalt for a “Clean Future”

Our increasing reliance on rechargeable batteries is making the Democratic Republic of Congo reconsider how it values cobalt. Once a forgotten byproduct, the price of cobalt has tripled in the last two years and the world’s largest producer plans to profit off the demand. Lawmakers in the capital Kinshasa are currently considering increasing the royalty miners…

Zambia: Corruption, Creeping Authoritarianism and a Foreign Minister’s Resignation

Zambia’s foreign minister has announced his resignation in a scathing Facebook post, denouncing the country’s “path of insatiable greed and shame”. Henry Kalaba said his decision was prompted by the “swelling” levels of corruption “perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution”. Analysts suspect the move is an attempt to pressure President Edgar…

Guinea Approves $2.8 billion Chinese Bauxite, Aluminum Investments

Guinea’s government has approved a more than $2.8 billion investment by Chinese company TBEA Co Ltd (SHA: 600089) in a new bauxite mine, an aluminum refinery and an aluminum smelter, the mines ministry said on Friday. Guinea has about a third of the world’s bauxite reserves but output has lagged, largely due to political instability.…

What the South African Chamber of Mines Says About Mining Sector Will Surprise You

What the South African Chamber of Mines Says About Mining Sector Will Surprise You The South African Chamber of Mines (SACM) is not happy about the policy and regulatory environment of the mining industry and has ideas about what must be done. This understatement is clearly the message of its juts published report entitled  “What…