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Kibali Mine is fully automated. Image: Barrick Gold Corporation
Covid is forcing the mining sector to adopt technology

"Can you imagine explaining 5G or autonomy or the cloud to a mine boss from, even the, mid-twentieth century? Or even remote technologies that we're using now, pre-Covid-19 in some cases?"

23 Jun 2020

Ivanhoe's Kamoa-Kakula Mine in DRC
Commodities, power and capacity building

Commodities resilience in the face of a crisis, the need for an energy regulator and local content were under discussion on the second day of the Digital DRC Mining Week webinar...

22 Jun 2020

Barrick's Kibali mine
Miners bump heads over DRC mining code

Things got heated in a discussion about the Democratic Republic of Congo's mining code with juniors squaring off against the big mining houses on the first day of this week's Digital DRC Mining Week...

19 Jun 2020

Kenyan miners have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic Recep Canik/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Covid-19 is underscoring the vulnerable lives of Kenya's artisanal gemstone miners

In a country like Kenya, artisanal and small-scale mining represents a significant proportion of gemstone mining. Taita Taveta County is the largest producer of gemstones, with artisanal and small-scale mining accounting for over 60% of its annual production...

By Judy N Muthuri 18 Jun 2020

Going underground in Camarines Norte province, Philippines. EPA
Meet the struggling gold miners who are missing out on boom in the precious metal

In Mukungwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, thousands of young men and women live in makeshift huts. They have no access to sanitation or health facilities. They work as manual drillers, carriers or timber specialists in narrow underground tunnels, which exposes them to everything from toxic metals to cave-ins and even suffocation...

By Sara Geenen & Boris Verbrugge 27 May 2020

Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project
Mining in a post-Covid DRC will be "survival of the fittest"

While some mining operations in the DRC have been able to continue production despite Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, experts agree that the country's mining industry faces a tough post-pandemic period...

22 May 2020

The Bizcommunity: Not taking lockdown lying down
The Bizcommunity: Not taking lockdown lying down

In true South African spirit, even in times of adversity, daily stories of generosity and ingenuity abound. Never have we been more proud of how business communities are using our publishing platforms than since the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 6 Apr 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
How to address security threats to the mining industry

In November 2019, local gunmen killed 37 employees of Canadian miner Semafo who were travelling to work at the Boungou mine in Burkina Faso, raising awareness of the dangers faced by mining majors operating in foreign countries...

By JP Casey 21 Feb 2020

Cathleen Cox, John Welborn, David Awram, Peter Ruxton
#MiningIndaba2020: Gold(en) opportunities in West Africa

West Africa still holds a certain lustre among gold miners, although they are cautious about the regulatory and security risks...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
China's investment in Africa's mineral resources

When it comes to energy, it's not just the traditional advocates of renewable energy that are leading the way, it is the world's major emerging economies such as China and India that are driving this clean energy transition...

20 Jan 2020

Obuasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana has a long history with mining companies. Wikimedia Commons
Ghana's mining communities are still not getting their just dues

Ghana has gold, diamonds, bauxite, manganese, salt, limestone, granite and oil. Its mining and quarrying sector contributes significantly to its economy..

By Päivi Lujala 9 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Eric Croeser
Smart mining is the key to competitiveness

Smarter mining, embracing the total value chain and finding solutions to the new realities that the industry faces, holds the key to remaining competitive in a fiercely contested marketplace...

By Eric Croeser 9 Dec 2019

Image: Jan-Joseph Stok/Terre des Hommes
Children labour rife in Madagascar mica mining sector

Mica from Madagascar is mined by children aged as young as five years old in dangerous conditions, research by Terre des Hommes has found...

19 Nov 2019

Illicit mining is carried out on lands sold by traditional rulers. Wikimedia Commons
Ghana's traditional and state powers must collaborate to halt illegal mining

Small-scale mining forms an important sector of Ghana's economy, employing one million people directly and supporting the livelihoods of about 4.5-million people...

By James Boafo 13 Nov 2019

Image: The Mandela Initiative
Creativity is key to good mining stakeholder communication

The many complexities of the mining industry means that the outdated tactics used when establishing stakeholder communication are no longer an option...

25 Oct 2019

Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Equatorial Guinea's minister of mines and hydrocarbons and Sergey Gorkov, director general and chairman of the board of Rosge
Equatorial Guinea signs exploration MoU with Rosgeo

The Russian state geology company, Rosgeo and the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea have signed a memorandum of understanding during the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi...

23 Oct 2019

Sherif Andrawes, BDO’s global head of natural resources
What's going to shake up the mining industry by 2030?

A new report has revealed the major changes predicted to shake up the world's mining sector by 2023, including specific South African predictions...

23 Oct 2019

Minerals and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Saving Eskom: Govt talks to coal and renewables about lowering prices

South Africa's limping economy is likely to be further crippled unless the price of electricity is brought down...

4 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

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Lifting the lid on Ghana's illegal small-scale mining problem

Small-scale gold mining in what is modern day Ghana can be traced as far back as the 15th century...

By Gabriel Botchwey & Gordon Crawford 26 Sep 2019

Mines need to step up on sustainability
Mines need to step up on sustainability

The mining industry is feeling the heat from government, communities, investors, environmental organisations and even consumers to implement sustainable business practices and reduce the impact of mining on the environment...

12 Sep 2019

Robert Lucian Crusitu/Shutterstock
Fossil fuel extraction could be contributing to climate change by heating Earth from within

Almost all scientists agree that burning fossil fuels is contributing to climate change. But agreement is less clear cut on how exactly it's influencing rising global temperatures...

By Rizwan Nawaz & Adel Sharif 23 Aug 2019

Ghana's pact with China to explore bauxite threatens a unique forest
Ghana's pact with China to explore bauxite threatens a unique forest

Ghana's Atewa forest is one of the most beautiful and scenic landscapes in the country...

By Alfred Oteng-Yeboah 22 Aug 2019

An artisanal mine. Fairphone/Flickr
The way that minerals are mined affects conflict in eastern Congo

Strong evidence links the mining of minerals to local conflict in several African countries. This is because minerals are prized by rebel groups and are a source of their financing...

By Marijke Verpoorten, Nik Stroop & Peter van der Windt 30 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

The coal plant would be about 20km from Lamu town - a Unesco world heritage site. Shutterstock/Jen Watson
Court stops construction of Kenya's coal power plant. Here's why

Kenyan judges have stopped plans to construct the country's first ever coal-powered plant near the coastal town of Lamu, a Unesco World Heritage Site...

By Moina Spooner 1 Jul 2019

Kamoto Copper Company. Photo: Wikipedia
Illegal miners die in DRC mine collapse

A landslide at a copper and cobalt mine owned by Glencore in southern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has killed 43 illegal miners, with that number expected to climb as the search for missing workers continues...

28 Jun 2019

Okavango Blue diamond
Diamonds add sparkle to the Botswana economy

Botswana is reaping the rewards of decades of successfully managing its diamond sector to become one of the fastest growing economies in Africa...

25 Jun 2019

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