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Freeport McMoRan is the developer of the Tenke Fungurame minerals district in West Africa's Democratic Republic of Congo
The annual DRC Mining Industry Awards, held last week in Lubumbashi, DRC celebrated its industry’s top pioneers and projects honoured during DRC Mining Week.
DRC award winners
The DRC Mining Award winners

Tenke Fungurume was named Mining Company of the Year for the second year in a row at the awards on Wednesday, while Ivanhoe claimed victory in two categories.

The MD of Ivanhoe Mines’ DRC Operations, Louis Watum, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ivanhoe also won the Clean Energy Project of the Year.

Banro Corporation’s Banro Foundation won the Community Development and Local Content category.

This is the third year that mining pioneers and leading companies in the DRC were rewarded at the coveted DRC Mining Industry Awards that take place as part of the DRC Mining Week expo and conference in Lubumbashi, the hub of the country’s mining sector, this week.

Mining company of the year Tenke Fungurume Mining

The Tenke Fungurume mine holds one of the world’s largest known copper and cobalt resources. The deposits are located within two concessions totaling over 1 500 km². Tenke Fungurume Mining was once again commended for their good production with responsible environmental management.

Finalists:

  • Banro Corporation
  • Ivanhoe Mines
  • MMG Limited
  • Randgold Resources
  • Sicomines Sarl

Lifetime achievement award – Louis Watum, MD, Ivanhoe Mines DRC Operations

Louis Watum joined Ivanhoe Mines in December 2014 as MD of the company’s operations in the DRC. In March 2015, he was appointed to the additional role of General Manager, Kamoa Copper SA.

Prior to joining Ivanhoe Mines, Watum spent eight years assuming progressively senior responsibilities in the DRC’s mining sector. Between 2010 and 2014, he successfully led the development and commissioning of Randgold’s Kibali project, which followed his work on the launch of Moto Gold Mines’ Moto project from 2006 to 2009.

Watum previously was the operations manager at the Yatela gold mine in Mali from 2001 to 2005.

Finalists:

  • André Kapanga, General Manager, Tenke Fungurume Mining
  • Desire Sangara, Vice-President, Government Relations, Banro Corporation
  • Deven Shingala, CEO, Rutu Technologies
  • Gustave Nzeng, Chairman, Kamoto Copper Company
  • Simon Tuma-Waku, Vice President, Federation of Congolese Enterprises
  • Paul Yenga Mabolia, Coordinator, Promines

Clean Energy Project of the Year – Ivanhoe Mines

In order to upgrade two power plants (Koni and Mwadingusha) and to provide their Kamoa site with access to clean energy during their operation, Ivanhoe is working in partnership with Stucky Ltd, Swiss company.

This corporate strategy aims to secure infrastructure for its major mining projects in the DRC, and to invest in social development projects for the local communities of its area of operations, allowing Ivanhoe Mines to establish several initiatives to enhance energy, water and transport solutions.

Finalists:

  • Aggreko
  • Randgold Resources
  • Tiger Resources SEK

Community Development & Local Content – Banro Foundation

Since its creation, the Banro Foundation had completed more than 70 projects and had invested more than US$5.5 million. The Banro Foundation’s approach to community development with a ‘shared value’ approach is unique in DRC.

The Foundation understands that the competitiveness of Banro and the health of the communities around it are mutually dependent and thus invests accordingly.

Finalists:

  • Fleurette
  • Ivanhoe Mines
  • Kamoto Copper Company
  • MMG Limited
  • Randgold Resources
  • Tenke Fungurume Mining
  • Tiger Resources SEK

HR/Outsourcing Leader of the Year – MD Services SARL

MD Services SARL was commended for providing a bridge for the business challenges encountered in the DRC and safely leads to a seamless integration of companies to operate in a difficult and regulatory environment.

The company provides not only an opportunity for companies to operate in the country, but also provides a database of skilled and unskilled people.

Finalists:

  • Banro Corporation
  • Randgold Resources
  • Tenke Fungurume Mining

Outstanding Woman of the Year – Chantal Bashizi, Administrative Director, Cadastre Minier, Cami

Finalists:

  • Dorine Akinyi, Director, Dorime Radiators SARL
  • Dorothée Masele, Senior social communications Specialist, Tenke Fungurume Mining
  • Marie Chantal Kaninda, Chef Advisor External Affairs Africa, Rio Tinto
  • Yvette Mwanza Mwamba, Executive Director, African Smelting Group