"In my research I conducted a series of qualitative interviews with Zama Zamas, civil society and mining houses." - Dr Vidette Bester
One of challenges to envisioning artisanal mining as a viable enterprise is that the economies of scale do not always make for a good business case.
Artisanal mining should not be shunned post COVID-19 because the sector has a direct impact on the livelihoods of the vulnerable.
Artisanal mining should not be left to collapse post COVID-19 because the sector has a direct impact on the livelihoods of many communities.
Listen to the recorded discussion in which commodity trader Trafigura, NGO PACT, development organisation Global Communities and commodity research firm CRU Group shared their wins and aspirations for building a successful artisanal mining sector in the DRC and further afield.
Opportunities, minerals and time are finite therefore the policies that guide the mining sector should be structured with mindfulness.
Mining companies in Africa can look forward to an increased focus on issues of social impact in environmental regulations in 2020.
Health and safety
It will nearly be twelve months since the Brumadinho tailings safety disaster in Brazil which claimed over two hundred and fifty lives.