Bankers, geologists and energy experts show interest in UK mining offensive
When a vanguard of British companies came to Angola to identify mining opportunities, they scoped out potential strategic support for project development.
The mining and defence specialist and heir to the dynasty that co-founded AngloVaal has been investing heavily in "technology metals" with help from the US, worried about being left behind by China. As he had done in the 1990s with British and South African army veterans, who found the first private military companies to help his activities, Menell now has a retired US admiral and a former British army officer on board.
Mbawala, appointed mining minister in a major cabinet reshuffle, has been tasked with carrying out President Chakwera's plans for overhauling Malawi's mining sector, which is seen as crucial for the country's economic growth.
Rainbow Rare Earths is highlighting the indirect presence of the US government in its capital, as Burundi seeks to position itself as an alternative to China for the supply of rare earths to Western countries, primarily the United States.
PR consultant Jeff Townsend is currently in demand with the British authorities, who are alarmed about their dependence on China for rare metals. He is taking advantage of the situation to champion the creation of an industrial alliance between the Five Eyes countries in this domain.