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DRC lifts eastern mining ban

[img:DRC1_0.jpg|Artisanal miners in
the eastern DRC.]Goma, DRC --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 15 March 2011 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has lifted a five-month mining ban in the east of the country, but pending U.S. legislation concerning conflict minerals is still likely to make sourcing hi-tech metals from the region difficult.

The DRC government pointed out that the ban which it had imposed last September was to curb funding to armed groups in the volatile eastern provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu and Maniema. Industry experts say the ban was widely flouted by armed groups and will now be overtaken by U.S. legislation that is aimed at strengthening accountability in resource-rich countries.

Re-opening of eastern DRC mining centre delayed

[img:Delay - Pic 1_0.jpg|Artisanal mine the
Kivu North area of
the DRC]Kinshasa, DRC --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 25 October 2010 - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is to delay the reopening of the mining sector in its troubled eastern provinces, probably by two weeks, due to ongoing security problems.

Some 80% of the DRC’s tin comes from the region, where both rebel groups and government soldiers are jostling for control over lucrative illicit artisanal mining operations, according to evidence from the U.N. and other sources.

Zimbabwe wants miners to sell 10% of output to locals

[img:Zimbabwe - Pic 1 (2)_0.jpg|Artisanal miners in
the Marange diamond
fields in Zimbabwe]Harare, Zimbabwe --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 23 September 2010 - The government of Zimbabwe has proposed a regulation requiring that the three diamond miners which are operating in the country sell at least10% of their gems to local polishers and processors.

“We are now looking at the modalities of implementing the new regulation,” secretary for mines Thankful Musukutwa said here in a telephone interview.

Trans Hex wins stake in Angolan venture

[img:Trans%20Hex%20-%20Pic%201_3.jpg|Artisanal diamond
diggers in Angola]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 14 May 2010 - Trans Hex Group Limited ‒ Africa’s biggest publicly traded producer of diamonds ‒ has been granted a 33% stake in a venture that is to produce gems in the Lunda-Norte province of northern Angola.

In a statement to the Johannesburg stock exchange, the Cape Town-based company confirmed that a contract converting its prospecting accord for the Luanda concession had been signed on Wednesday. The agreement gave Trans Hex the right to appoint the general manager, financial manager and operations manager for the project.

Impending mining boom in Eritrea

[img:Asmara%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Artisanal miners
‒ also involved in
Eritrea’s mining
surge]Asmara, Eritrea --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 05 February 2010 - More than a dozen foreign mining firms are now working in Eritrea, and poor villagers in the Red Sea state's remote lowlands are also increasingly using their bare hands to claim some of the country’s riches.

Appropriate Process Technologies – new heights for mineral processing

Small mining conjures up reclusive old timers in days gone by, or perhaps hoards of clay covered artisanals digging up river courses today. But there is a whole new movement happening, a new fresh energy growing from within this sector looking to be recognised and acknowledged for what it is – the appropriate way to utilise these vast, unconventional resources. Commonly known as small scale mining or artisanal mining this sector has been in the wings of mining for ages.

Thirteen die in Guinea mine collapse

[img:Guinea%20-%20Pic%201_3.jpg|A worker (without
safety clothing) emerges
from an artisanal mine]Conakry, Guinea --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 11 May 2009 - At least 13 miners have been killed in Guinea when the mine in which they were working collapsed.

A government statement released here said the miners had been digging for gold near the village of Touletoni in the Siguiri region, when the mine caved in. It is situated around 60 km from AngloGold Ashanti's operations in the country, and 800 km east of the capital.

30 die in Burkina Faso mine collapse

[img:Burkina%20-%20Pic_0.jpg|Artisanal miners
at work in nearby
Sierra Leone]Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 11 August 2008 - More than 30 illegal gold miners have been killed and more are missing after a mine collapsed in Burkina Faso at the weekend after heavy rain.

Reporting from here, Reuters quotes state environmental director for Noumbiel province Maximin Savadogo as saying that the miners were working at a site near the village of Boussoukoula on Saturday when the mine walls collapsed. Witnesses reported that at least 50 people had been working in the mine, roughly 500 km south-west of the capital, near the border with Ivory Coast.

Gold Fields suspends resumption of mining at Damang

[img:Gold%20Fields24_0.JPG|At work in an open
pit in Damang]Accra, Ghana --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 24 June 2008 - The Ghana subsidiary of South Africa's Gold Fields Limited has suspended a planned resumption of underground mining at its Damang operation in Ghana, after what company officials have described as “an invasion” of the site by illegal artisanal miners.
 

FEWER BIG MINING RISKS IN AFRICA, BUT MORE OF THEM

These middle risks are issues such as HIV/AIDS, the lack of transport and communication infrastructure, unclear implementation of legislation, corruption, and social issues such as the presence of artisanal miners. Broadly speaking, while the investment climate in Africa’s mining sector is more favourable than in the past as a result of a better political climate coupled with better mining legislation, the new risks require more management.

“The plus side, however, is that if the management of mining companies do the right things many of these community and socially related risks can be managed,” Cattaneo says. “One can mitigate risks related to changes in regimes by forming good relationships with a variety of stakeholders including the host government, local suppliers and forming joint ventures.”

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