Mining firms in Burkina Faso were relieved to find that the senior army officers in charge of protecting their sites were still in place after the recent military coup. But their activities are still dogged by regular attacks by armed groups.
After years of fighting to recover a gold permit in Guinea, the US firm Blox is now facing a new legal battle over the same mining dispute in its home country. The new case is linked to Guinean regulations on research permits.
The Senegalese government is planning to launch a call for tenders to evaluate the costs actually incurred by mining groups during exploration and exploitation phases, costs they can then recover. This is a way for the state to ensure that it is paid its dues as a co-shareholder in the mines.
The fall of Alpha Condé, one of Mohammed VI's most reliable allies in West Africa, has caught Morocco off guard and fuelled concerns about its many assets and interests in Guinea.
As it adjusts to post-coup Guinea, the local mining logistics provider UMS, headed by Fadi Wazni, is also facing an arbitration where the firm of French lawyer William Bourdon is representing a client who wants to regain control of a plane both parties are claiming ownership of.
The organisation's heads of state are meeting in Accra on 16 September over the situation in Guinea. Some members are pushing for a 6-month civilian-led transition fiercely opposed by the junta, which hopes to keep control over the transition.
The ousting of President Alpha Condé by Col Mamady Doumbouya has not, as yet, affected the country's mining operations. In company headquarters, mining executives are waiting for the junta's next moves and making plans to manage the transition.
On 1 October, Mauritian national André Baya will become international Chief Operating Officer at Managem, the mining company controlled by Mohammed VI's royal holding company Al Mada.
Cypriot company Sycamore Mining applied in early August for a production permit for the Kiniero gold mine.
IamGold has signed a deal with nine banks to postpone reimbursement payments on a $500 million credit facility but will have to clear its debt with Morgan Stanley earlier.