South Africa Mining Minister defends new Mining Charter amid outrage
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 Crystal Orderson
South Africa's Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has reassured investors that the country is open for business and mining investments despite outcry over a new revised mining charter that some say threatens the ailing industry.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 Patrick Smith in Freetown and Crystal Orderson in Cape Town
Sierra Leone, which earns 85% of its foreign exchange from mineral exports, has been devastated; economies as big as South Africa's and Nigeria's are also struggling. Now, leaders and activists are trying more nationalist tactics against the resource curse.
Mining: Randgold checks electric storm blackouts at DRC mine
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 Ed Stoddard
Mining in Democratic Republic of Congo has many challenges and as Randgold Resources developed its Kibali gold mine in the north-east of the central African nation, it came across an unexpected one: the weather.
Zimbabwe: Mining firms, farmers oppose power tariff hike
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 MacDonald Dzirutwe
Zimbabwe's mining companies and farmers are resisting a proposal to raise electricity tariffs by 42 percent, arguing that the increase would hurt an economy struggling with low commodity prices and a drought.
Mining: DRC delays ban on copper and cobalt concentrate exports
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 Aaron Ross
Democratic Republic of Congo has again delayed a ban on exports of copper and cobalt concentrate because it lacks enough electricity to process the minerals domestically, the mines ministry and chamber of mines said on Tuesday.
Mining: Glencore shares jump on asset sales, strong trading
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 Dmitry Zhdannikov and Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo
Mining and trading company Glencore said on Wednesday it was on track to reduce debt thanks to asset sales, while deepening cuts in copper output to support flagging prices, sending its shares 6 percent higher.
Work to start in 2016 at Botswana $4.2 bn coal-to-liquids plant
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 Tiisetso Motsoeneng
Funders of a $4.2 billion coal-to-liquids plant in Botswana will start construction next year on the project, which aims to tap the southern African country's more than 200 billion tonnes of coal resources to reduce reliance on petroleum product imports.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Australian-based fund manager Taurus Mining have agreed to invest $162.5 million in one of Democratic Republic of Congo's largest copper mines, its owner Tiger Resources said on Friday.
Mining: South Africa's AMCU union to vote on gold strike
Friday, 09 October 2015 Ed Stoddard
South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction (AMCU) will decide on Sunday if its members in the ailing gold sector will go on strike, a move that will be contested by two of the three producers it has reached an impasse with over wages.
Mining companies in Zambia have asked the government to set mineral royalties for both underground and open pit operations at 6 percent to mitigate the negative impact of falling copper prices on the industry, sources said.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo
Mining and trading group Glencore has raised $2.5 billion through a share placement as investors including senior managers upped their bets on the company to help it cut debt and protect its credit rating.
Environment: Zambia orders Vedanta's Konkola to dispose of Chilean copper
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 REUTERS
Zambia's environmental management authority on Monday ordered Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) owned by Vedanta Resources to dispose of copper concentrates it imported from Chile because they had high levels of arsenic, a toxic substance.
Mining: China's CNMC challenges Zambia after placing 1,600 miners on forced leave
Monday, 14 September 2015 REUTERS
China's CNMC Luanshya Copper Mines claims it followed Zambian law when it closed the Baluba mine and sent more than 1,600 workers on forced leave after Zambia threatened to revoke Luanshya's mining licence if the company did not reinstate the workers.
Glencore to suspend dividend, raise equity to cut debt
Monday, 07 September 2015 Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo in Johannesburg
Mining and commodities trading firm Glencore announced on Monday it will suspend dividends, sell assets and raise $2.5 billion in a new share issue as it aims to cut its debt by a third to $20 billion by the end of next year.
South African gold sector unions reject final wage hike offer
Friday, 07 August 2015 Zandi Shabalala in Johannesburg
The South African Chamber of Mines said on Friday all unions representing workers in the gold sector have rejected the final wage increase offer from bullion producers, setting the stage for protracted negotiations.