There are about half a dozen articles in this issue of Mining Review Africa that combine most effectively to illustrate the point that if mining companies and host governments in Africa work toward a common aim, their projects will almost certainly succeed. If not, they have very little chance. As Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow pointed out, the new Kibali gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – now producing and due to reach full output of between 550 000 and 600 000ozpa next year – “could be the catalyst for substantial long-term value creation in the country if handled correctly by all its stakeholders.” I couldn’t agree more. Quite apart from the material side of things, the successful start-up of Kibali some six weeks ago does, as Bristow puts it, “represents a considerable feat of negotiation and diplomacy.

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