The African continent is undergoing a major transformation as many mining regulations and laws are in the process of being updated or amended.

This has led to controversy in some instances, uncertainty in others and acceptance as well. At present, Senegal, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kenya.

In Senegal, the mining minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye, has revealed that a new Senegal mining code will finally be in place by the end of 2015 which will replace a version first issue in 2003.

New Mozambique mining regulations for employees in the mining sector have raised questions from industry and are part of a new labour law designed to better protect the integrity of workers, establish a minimum working age, and limit maximum working hours.

The new Kenya Mining Code is currently being debated by the upper house of parliament, but the legislation is likely to face delays as a corruption inquiry has been widened to include Ministry of Mines cabinet secretary Najib Balala.

The DRC has felt the most pressure from a possible regulation review. As a result, the draft mining code it is proposing will be moved forward in consultation with mining-sector representatives, before consideration by parliament.