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Gold is key to the economic survival of millions of Ghanaians. Knut-Erik Helle/Flickr, CC BY-NC
Ghana needs to rethink its small scale mining strategy. Here's howArticle

Ghana is among the top two gold producers in Africa. . What has caught little attention, however, is the fact that more than 35% of total gold output in Ghana comes from artisanal and small-scale miners...

Richard Kwaku Kumah 16 Apr 2021

Rescuers work in Kamituga, South Kivu, at the entrance of one of the mines which collapsed following torrential rains trapping dozens of artisanal miners in September 2020. Photo by Stringer/AFP via Getty Images
How large miners and states stifle local capital and innovation in DR CongoArticle

Over the last few decades, African governments have removed restrictions on and privatised their mining industries, attracting significant foreign direct investment...

Ben Radley & Sara Geenen 13 Apr 2021

Wandisile Mandlana, partner, Bowmans South Africa
The challenges and opportunities in the African mining sectorArticle

After the wrap of the Virtual Mining Indaba, Wandisile Mandlana, partner, Bowmans South Africa shares some insights what we have seen on the ground in Africa - looking at the challenges faced in 2020 and opportunities identified for 2021 and beyond...

Wandisile Mandlana 5 Feb 2021

A creuseur or digger, descends into a tunnel at the mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of Congo. Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images
As cobalt demand booms, companies must do more to protect Congolese minersArticle

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the major source of some of the minerals used to manufacture components in household appliances, mobile phones, electric vehicles and jewellery...

Dorothee Baumann-Pauly & Serra Cremer Iyi 26 Nov 2020

Traceable, commercially-viable artisanal gold supply chain operational in Côte d'Ivoire
Traceable, commercially-viable artisanal gold supply chain operational in Côte d'IvoireArticle

A traceability and due diligence system from mine site to the international market for artisanal gold from Côte d'Ivoire has been successfully implemented as part of the Just Gold project...

29 Sep 2020

Image: Impact
Illicit gold thrives in DRCArticle

Ilicit gold trade continues to thrive in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) despite efforts to clean up the sector, according to Impact's latest report.

18 Sep 2020

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Recovery plan proposed for mining and energyArticle

The economic backlash of Covid-19 has prompted the government to come up with a recovery plan intended to restore business confidence, stimulating investments as well as safeguarding and creating jobs in the mining and energy sector.

22 Jul 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 minersArticle

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...

Judy N Muthuri 18 Jun 2020

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How to address security threats to the mining industryArticle

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...

JP Casey 20 Feb 2020

Minerals Minister, Gwede Mantashe in conversation with Errol Smart, CEO, Orion Minerals
#MiningIndaba2020: Will Mining Charter III benefit junior miners?Article

Junior mining is a relatively new concept in South Africa, and is often confused with illegal mining or artisanal mining, but they are, in fact, new entrant small and medium size enterprises...

Nicci Botha 5 Feb 2020

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Children labour rife in Madagascar mica mining sectorArticle

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

Michelle Goliath played a major role in establishing the first ethically sourced, fair, women-owned, artisanal diamond process.
#WomensMonth: Creating a space for women artisanal minersArticle

Michelle Goliath has a passion for helping the most vulnerable people in society who have run out of conventional employment options...

8 Aug 2019

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

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...

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

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

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

Digging in the DRC
Digging in the DRCArticle

Those who think that mining companies sit idly over rich resources and reap fat profits from them should think again...

Charlotte Mathews 30 Oct 2017

Source: Capital FM Kenya
DR Congo miners upset at US 'conflict mineral' rulesArticle

In the lush hills of eastern DRC, miners complain that recent US rules against "conflict minerals" have bitten into their meagre income...

5 May 2017

Pastor unearths 706-carat diamondArticle

A 706-carat diamond, possibly the 10th largest ever found, was unearthed by a pastor working the artisanal mines in Sierra Leone...

17 Mar 2017

After Langlaagte: DMR reveals the depth of illegal mining
After Langlaagte: DMR reveals the depth of illegal miningArticle

The plight of zama-zamas, willing to put their lives at risk in torrid conditions to earn a living, was once again highlighted this month...

21 Sep 2016

World Café brings new life to earth observation innovation
World Café brings new life to earth observation innovationArticle

SA National Space Agency (SANSA) and Airbus Defence and Space held a World Café event at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria. The event was the culmination of an OpenIX open innovation...

31 May 2016

Reform for Ghana's artisanal mining sector
Reform for Ghana's artisanal mining sectorArticle

Ghana's artisanal mining and small-scale mining sector can be improved to become an inclusive, responsible, rights-based engine for growth...

24 Mar 2016

Amazon slowly eaten away by gold rush's illegal mines
Amazon slowly eaten away by gold rush's illegal minesArticle

Seen from above, the Amazon resembles a huge billiards table - a field of intense green pockmarked by brown stains...

14 Aug 2015

Ghana's golden future
Ghana's golden futureArticle

Often referred to as the Gateway to Africa, Ghana has, over the past decade, witnessed a revival of its gold industry. Today, gold represents more than 80% of Ghana's mineral exports (2) and a significant source of currency.(3)

Sébastien Jadot 29 Jul 2013

Mercury hazards face developing countriesArticle

NAIROBI, KENYA: Communities in developing countries are facing increased health and environmental risks linked to mercury exposure, the United Nations Environment Programme said on Thursday (10 January).

11 Jan 2013

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