Qasim Abrahams, Country Manager and VP Sales and Service, Metso Southern Africa

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Metso Southern Africa explains how mines are currently focusing on optimization.

Metso Southern Africa has been established in South Africa for 60 years now. Can you highlight its importance to the Metso Corporation?

Metso Southern Africa contributes 60% of the business value for the AMET (Africa, Middle East & Turkey) region. Within Metso Southern Africa, we have a sales and service organization, but we also have manufacturing capabilities at our plant 40 kilometers outside of Johannesburg.

How does Metso Southern Africa provide differentiated service for its clients in the mining sector? Continue reading

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Mosebenzi Zwane, South African Mineral Resources Minister

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GBR speaks with South African Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane at Africa Down Under about South Africa’s new mining charter and his relations with the Chamber of Mines.

In your presentation to delegates at African Down Under in Perth, you said investors have embraced the new mining charter. Can you elaborate on this?

We have met with both Russian and Chilean investors here in Perth. You probably heard in the morning when the presenter straight after me said we’ll come to South Africa, we’ll engage you, we want to work with you. Back home we have already signed about five section 11s and two of them (companies) have voluntarily said they want to comply with the charter. As we engage with them (mining companies) they are actually saying, five of them to be exact, that we are not lawmakers, you are lawmakers, we want to do business and we are happy there is certainty. So, we are moving forward, which is a positive aspect of the charter. We are engaging with the remaining members (of the Chamber of Mines) and with the Chamber of Mines itself. They need to come out and say what they don’t like. If they say they were not consulted and let’s assume that that is true, what is it that if they were consulted they would want to change? We need to deal with the issues and they need to stop running around saying they were not consulted. We have records that prove they were consulted. In fact, they are the most consulted in terms of our records. So, we are there and we are happy and we’re moving forward (sic).

Will you be meeting with Roger Baxter from the Chamber of Mines tomorrow or are you not allowed to have any conversations before the pending court case? Continue reading

Condé Amadou, President, Consortium Agro-Industrielle & Environnment Guinea (CAIE-G

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CAIE-G rehabilitates land after mining so as to maintain a healthy and productive environment for local populations in Guinea.

Can you highlight the role that CAIE-G plays in the mining industry, and what environmental concerns the Consortium specifically believes it can assist in mitigating?

Our specialized companies are primarily involved in the environmental side of mining. We are speaking to companies like CBG because we know that in Kamsar, for example, there are vast lands being exploited and something needs to be done to rehabilitate those areas. In the Siguiri district, where AngloGold Ashanti operates, they have planted cashews, which are very high value and could serve as a source of revenue for the local communities. The lands or the concessions are mainly in village areas and if the mining companies could replant these kind of fruits it could be very useful to promote the growth of the communities and to better the environment.

What is your strategy for becoming more involved with the Guinean mining industry? Continue reading

Jackson Sikamo, Country Manager, Chibuluma Mines

Chibuluma Mines was hit hard by the downturn and explains to GBR how it survived to reverse its fortunes.

Production began at Chibuluma South in 2006, with production levels at around 10,000 mt/y of copper in concentrates. How has the mine evolved since then, and what is the company’s vision for itself going forward under the relatively new leadership of the Jinchuan Group?

Maximum annual production was achieved in 2013 at 18,100 mt/y of copper in concentrates, representing 2% of Zambia’s total copper production for that year. In subsequent years, the drop in the copper price coincided with the depletion of our resources, implying difficult mining conditions. We are a fully mechanized mine and therefore very capital intensive, and we did not have sufficient cash flows to rejuvenate our machinery. We experienced significant losses in 2015, and needed to restructure the business. We could have put the mine under care and maintenance, but Jinchuan, through Metorex, took a long-term view and decided to expand its footprint in Zambia. They made the strategic decision to keep the mine going because continuing operations at the Chibuluma mines gave Jinchuan the opportunity to look for resources elsewhere in the country.

How did Chibuluma turn around a loss of US$30 million in 2015 to ensure that it could continue life as a company during the downturn? Continue reading

Zambia: The Strengthening Pulse of the Copperbelt

Zambia’s mining industry is showing robust health despite difficult years of low prices, power shortages and fiscal uncertainties.

By Lindsay Davis

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Long lauded as one of the more peaceful nations in the Southern Africa region, Zambia’s historic association with political stability has undoubtedly contributed significantly to its attractiveness as a destination for foreign investment. When the late 1990s ushered in the privatization of the nation’s mining industry, copper production increased from 300,000 mt/y to a projected 800,000 mt/y by the end of 2017. Sustained international interest in Zambia’s wealth of resources in tangent with rising copper prices facilitated the country’s rise as a globally significant player in the commodity marketplace. Over the years, the nation’s geological prospectivity has drawn the attention of the likes of De Beers and Anglo American, and with the names of these powerhouses once again in the air, Zambia’s future appears to have taken on the luster of its famous emeralds. Continue reading

Berry Mwango, Director, C&B Engineering

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C&B Engineering speaks to GBR of the challenges facing the processing industry in Zambia.

C&B Engineering began operations in 1991. What is your role in the mining sector and how have you seen the industry evolve?

C&B Engineering is a mechanical engineering company specializing in process engineering. Like many other local engineering firms, we have been active in the copper/cobalt processing stream by providing the miners with plants and equipment for leaching, concentrating, smelting and refining of the minerals. We have found ourselves supporting the mining companies through contractual works despite the stiff competition from foreign based companies that are preferred by the mine owners. The mining sector has witnessed several phases of transformation from public to private ownership with the privatization and eventually new players have joined in. There are now a lot more large scale mining companies mining copper.

How far has Zambia come in terms of extracting the full worth of its mineral resources through value adding initiatives? Continue reading

Stanislas de Stabenrath, Managing Director and CEO, X&M Suppliers

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X&M Suppliers explains to GBR how the company intends to rapidly expand its offering and its reach from Abidjan to the rest of West Africa.

Can you provide a brief overview of X&M’s focus for 2017 into 2018, and highlight any recent milestones achieved by the company?

X&M supplies equipment in the areas of exploration, drilling, health and safety, construction, topography and software in West Africa and beyond. We are continuing to develop our capacity in three main areas: local manufacturing, distribution, building consignment agreements and partnerships with companies trying to enter the West African market. X&M also develops services capacity for the many brands it distributes such as Draeger. For example, X&M just set up a certified calibration lab in Abidjan for gas detection devices. Up to now, customers were forced to send their gas detection device to Europe or South Africa to be calibrated. Our business will continue to focus on quality products and services of the type our customers in West Africa are seeking. X&M is on its way to becoming a one stop shop supplier, supplying clients from large stock holdings held locally in a bonded, customs cleared warehouse or sourced and delivered directly from the manufacturer. One aim in 2018-2019 is to open offices in Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana and Senegal to service the exploration, mining, oil and gas, and other industries in those countries and the region. This year we have established a presence in Hong Kong to source and develop procurement out of Asia.

What strategy does the company have in place to grow its business in the medium-to long-term? Continue reading