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Your ultimate resource for in-depth analysis of Africa’s mining industry.

Rising nickel prospects offers supplier opportunity

Published: 15 October 2020


Market experts predict that international demand for nickel will drastically rise in the medium term, and have therefore called for investment into the sector.

Looking for Business Opportunities in the African Mining Industry? Here’s Your September Roundup

Published: 22 September 2020


There’s no shortage of opportunities for suppliers of Africa’s mining industry. The challenge is how to locate them. Here’s your September Roundup of current mining projects in Africa.

Lithium – long-term view cautiously optimistic

Published: 20 August 2020


The 2020's will be the decade of lithium and other battery metals. Africa has a number of exciting mines gearing up to meet this demand, creating new business opportunities across the supply chain. Here’s the lowdown.

Rising Global Copper Demands

Published: 30 July2020


With copper certain to be a key mineral in the future, investors should look to the red metal’s rapidly developing minerals industry in Africa for pleasing business opportunities.

Taking Stock: The post-Covid-19 mining investment landscape

Published: 18 June 2020


How will Africa’s mines regroup in the shadow the global economic impact of coronavirus? Ina King highlights some important notes on the continent’s immediate landscape.

Could COVID-19 Accelerate Mechanised Mining?

Published: 28 May 2020


With benefits of increased safety and cost-efficiency, mechanised technologies could be the future of global mining. Yet, as COVID-19 looms, could this future be functional, sooner, rather than later?

Boots on the ground for SA mining

Boots on the ground for SA mining

Published: 14 May 2020


As the South African mining industry steps into Level 4 of lockdown, many mine employees are returning to work. With much responsibility residing on the mines to practice strict screening and quarantining regulations, there may be some good news in the making for the industry.

Tapping Into Uncertainty

Tapping Into Uncertainty? COVID-19 and South Africa’s mines

Published: 16 April 2020


3 weeks after lockdown, what's the status of mining in South Africa? Ina King takes a closer look...

Palladium’s Ongoing Surge

Palladium’s Ongoing Surge: What it means for Africa’s mining industry

Published: 12 March 2020


Another PGM commodity is soaring, driven largely by the automotive industry. As the world’s largest palladium producers, what does this mean for African miners? Ina King discusses…

Investment in Gold Increasing on Back of Strong Commodity Projections

Where's The Movement In Africa’s Mineral Markets?

Published: 27 February 2020


With almost 2 000 registered mining projects and mines on the continent, suppliers to the mining industry know that Africa represents big business.

Investment in Gold Increasing on Back of Strong Commodity Projections

Published: 13 February 2020


On the back of a strong 2019, where it hit a six-year high of $1 553, analysts suggest that the price of gold could shortly surge past $1 600/oz.

Rhodium takes the world by storm with a 30% price surge in 1 month

Published: 30 January 2020


Rhodium is the world’s most expensive precious metal, with over 80% mined in South Africa. But what’s driving rhodium’s 11-year price boom, and what does this mean for mining in South Africa? Ina King discusses.

Mineral Exploration

Published: 12 December 2019


As the world’s second largest continent and one with large quantities of mineral endowments, Africa is home to a large proportion of the world’s mined minerals.

Effective Mine Risk Management

Published: 28 November 2019


Mining is an inherently risky business. Mining companies grapple with everything from miner safety to a changing political landscape throughout the life of mine.

Mining Exploration & Definitive Feasibility Studies

Published: 14 November 2019


Feasibility Studies are important throughout the pre-production stage of every mining project to justify continued investment. “A feasibility study demonstrates the economic viability of the project with enough certainty to allow a decision to develop a mine or not,” says Africa Mining IQ’s Ina King.

2007 – Present: The Burkina Faso Gold Rush

Published: 25 October 2019


Burkina Faso’s minerals industry continues to bloom, with the recent commissioning of the 1.61 Moz Wahgnion Gold Mine the latest operational project among the country’s rapidly developing mining sector that produced an estimated 55 tons of gold in 2018.

The software evolution – impacts on the mining industry

Published: 10 October 2019


As technology evolves so do mining methods. In South Africa and many African countries, it is a balancing act between implementing new technologies and retaining a large workforce. But these technologies cannot be ignored.

Mining Tanzania: Keeping the Balance

Mining Tanzania: Keeping the Balance

Published: 26 September 2019


Tanzania is blessed with vast quantities and types of natural resources whose extraction has been central to the country’s economic growth. Mining is one of the leading sectors in Tanzania, with the value of mineral exports increasing each year.

Public Private Partnerships

Growing Ghana’s economy through Public Private Partnerships

Published: 12 September 2019


Ghana’s mining industry accounts for about 5% of the country’s GDP, with its minerals making up over 35% of its exports. Over the past seven to eight years the country has been encouraging Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to bolster its infrastructure.

Mining Charter 3

Mining Charter 3: Opportunities and Challenges

Published: 29 August 2019


Since the 19th Century, mining has been a central pillar underpinning South Africa’s economy. Now, with the gazetting of Mining Charter 3, hopes are being placed on the mining industry once again that it can be leveraged as a primary catalyst for South Africa’s much-needed reindustrialisation effort.

The Rise of the DRC

The Rise of the DRC: a new horizon of mining investment

Published: 21 August 2019


The DRC is one of the most mineral-rich countries in the world. Yet about 80% of its projects are still in exploration or development. Here’s the inside scoop on #mining in the DRC.

Mining Gold in Ghana: Africa’s New Industry Leader

Published: 15 August 2019


In 2019, Ghana eclipsed South Africa’s gold production for the first time, producing 4.8 million ounces of gold in 2018, compared to South Africa’s 4.2 million oz.

Brine Mining: a new front of mineral wealth in Africa?

Published: 31 July 2019


Minerals aren’t only found in ore deposits. They are also dissolved, in naturally occurring surface or groundwater brines and seawater across the world. In Africa, where industries such ...

Industry 4.0 coming to mining

Industry 4.0 Comes to Mining

Published: 27 June 2019


The world has changed. What worked for us 20 years ago, no longer works. The same is true for the mining industry. We need to evolve so we can take mining into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Africa's Gold: An ancient story

Africa’s Gold: An ancient story

Published: 20 June 2019


Since ancient times, mining and quarrying have carved humankind’s path through history. Here’s a look at how gold helped our ancestors create civilisations, communities and monetary systems.

Waste Not, Want Not: Finding ore in mining waste

Published: 20 June 2019


As South Africa dips further into financial strife, combining smart spend with environmental management and metal recovery is becoming standard procedure as mines seek to optimise their productivity.

Tailings Dams: What you need to know

Published: 20 June 2019


When tailings dams fail, the results can be catastrophic. As the number of mine tailings dams in the world increase, it’s time to find out what they are and how to make them safer.

Mine Reclamation

Mine Reclamation

Published: 30 May 2019


Mining continues its 133-year history in South Africa. It is still a vital component of the development of our country and the backbone of our economy.

Underground Mining in Africa

Underground Mining in Africa

Published: 23 May 2019


Since the early 1990s, with the enactment of the 1991 Minerals Act, progress has been made regarding mining land rehabilitation and mine reclamation.

Drilling Types

Drilling Types

Published: 16 May 2019


Drilling types and methods used in mining are many, and vary according to predetermined factors. High up on this list is whether it is open pit mining or underground mining. Generally speaking, the primary types of drilling are exploration drilling, production drilling and technical drilling.

Environmental Impact Studies in Mining

Environmental Impact Studies in Mining

Published: 02 May 2019


The mining industry in South Africa is a major contributor to our growth and development. Mining is one of the most significant sectors of our economy, mining provides jobs and grows our GDP.

The Power of Mineral in Saving the Planet

The Power of Mineral in Saving the Planet

Published: 25 April 2019


Mining, as most of us are aware, is a major contributor of emissions into our atmosphere and is one of the largest users of electricity.

Investment in South African Mining

Investment in South African Mining

Published: 01 April 2019


The theme for this year’s Mining Indaba was “Invest in South African Mining”. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, both keynote speakers at Cape Town’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, were positive about the future of investment in SA Mining.

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