Health and safety
Mining communities in South Africa are among those who have been disproportionally impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Volkswagen has joined the “Cobalt for Development” initiative and is thus supporting efforts to minimize these risks.
"Looking ahead, collaboration between government, civil society and the private sector will play an important role in helping African economies and supply chains rebuild."
The public and private sectors in Nigeria are inextricably linked by unsecured gains within artisanal and small-scale miners.
SMDF to act as a catalyst to spur development of Nigeria’s mining sector by undertaking targeted sustainable, profit-oriented investments.
The sector has evolved full cycle and has a robust value chain that involves various players from the mining site to the global market.
More than two-thirds of the world’s cobalt supply comes from the DRC with a significant portion extracted by ASM.
"In my research I conducted a series of qualitative interviews with Zama Zamas, civil society and mining houses." - Dr Vidette Bester
The Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) was launched in August 2020 in the Democratic Republic of Congo in response to poor economic, social and working conditions for many mining communities in the cobalt supply chain.