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Africa Mining Intelligence /
N°297 - Paris, 05/14/2013
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Diamonds: Djono Ahaba to visit Pretoria in June
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Outcry over new mining legislation
Mining companies are engaged in an angry tug-of-war with Kinshasa as the government puts the final touches to revisions in a mining code that came into force just 10 years ago. The government deems that the industry doesn’t contribute enough to Congo-K’s budget and thus wants to impose higher taxes.
EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION
Ouattara steers clear of rebel stronghold
During a state visit to the Tonkpi region that lies in the mineral-rich mountainous region of western Ivory Coast, president Alassane Ouattara failed to turn up as expected to meet with officials from the Compagnie Miniere du Mont Klahoyo (CMMK), an affiliate of the African Minerals Group owned by Frank Timis.
Terramin hits a wall on Tala Hamza
Algeria’s image as a potential destination for foreign investment could take a new knock. After more than two years of holding up a project to develop the Tala Hamza zinc mine, the Algerian authorities have finally forced Terramin Australia Ltd.
Tin-Tantalum-Tungsten: Mixed results for due diligence talks
Better monitoring of gold in future
Jbeili the new mining kingpin
The Lebanese concern Etablissements Jean Jbeili has made a major breakthrough in Burundi’s mining industry. The firm owned by Jbeili, a wealthy businessman born in Burundi, was awarded rights in late April to process tailings from both industrial and small-scale mining operations throughout the country along with an authorization to refine and tag gold ingots by bar code.
China Railways wins deal in Ivory Coast
The Ivory Coast government awarded a direct contract without competitive bidding to China Railways on May 4 to build a railway to carry iron and nickel ore from Man in the west to San Pedro port.
Tasiast: Kinross finally picks 38,000 t/d option
Kinross’s decision in late April to carry out a feasibility study on extending the Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania is being closely watched by investors.
Pit extension suspended at Mongbwalu
Due to a shortage of cash following walkouts at three of its mines in South Africa, AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) suspended construction of its underground mine at Mongbwalu early this month.
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Diamonds on a slippery slope
Bangui’s diamond industry is under the gun. The object of “increased vigilance” by the Kimberley Process for several weeks, its gems could be suspended by the certification organization in coming days.
Minmetals tiptoes into Samapleu nickel project
Tambao’s manganese: arrangement in sight with General Nice
True Gold fetches $10 million
Somiphos intent on maximizing operations
Due Diligence: Chinese invited
A new Gafsa phosphates plant
Mining expert Pius Maambo has been named boss of Zambia’s brand new Minerals Development Commission set up by the authorities to independently check the figures for production and exports that companies report so as to establish tax rates more effectively.
Highly familiar with southern Africa and serving as president of the powerful Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC), Jiang Qingde is facing a formidable challenge.
Patrick Kpekpena has been named general manager of Asanko Gold which works the Esaase mine, a property that covers 201 sq.
India’s Mukesh Rajan has taken over the reins of Tata Steel Cote d’Ivoire, a joint venture formed by government-owned Sodemi (25%) and the Indian steel Giant Tata Steel Ltd.
NOT TO BE MISSED
Dammipi Noupokou, Togo’s transportation minister and acting mines and geology minister, is counting on inaugurating production of carbonated phosphate ore at Kpeme in the south-east of Togo in the first quarter of 2014.
Fedor Andreev, president of the executive committee of Alrosa, is intent on extending the Russian company’s operations in Africa.
Neil Woodyer, managing director of Endeavour Mining, plans to inaugurate production at the Agbaou gold mine in Ivory Coast early next year.
Burkina Faso: an eldorado for former ministers
Oulad Bou Sbaas
deep into mining
, mining supremo
an all-powerful miner president
Conde and Ouattara put stamp on mining
Cards re-shuffled for country's phosphate
Tambao's manganese draws cotevous eyes
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