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Exploration and mining software system supports and sustains increased exploration in Africa, says Specialist

Mineral Resource Management Specialist Minrom CEO Oscar van Antwerpen has revealed that the new mining software system allows companies to monitor and manage the licences, as well as receive timely warnings of missing documents or regulatory needs. The exploration and mining licence management software system is already in operation in …

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Congo’s gold smuggled smuggled in tonnes

According to a report, a group of the United Nations (UN) experts found that gold production in the East African region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is being systematically underreported while tonnes of the precious metal are smuggled into global supply chains through its eastern neighbours. The Democratic Republic …

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Africa Is Paying Covid-19’s Price In Gold

With coronavirus affecting a lot of industries around the world and nearly crippling economies in its wake, there’s reason to believe that the pandemic will as well mar Africa’s mining, especially the sector of gold. Over the years, huge mining operations in Africa have generated significant profits for foreign companies. …

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Lake Victoria sand miners defy Govt directive

Despite the recent presidential directive to the Minister of Water and Environment to clear all wetlands, riverbanks and lakeshore of encroachers sand mining seem to have resumed on the shores of Lake Victoria. The mining site, at Buwaya-Nakiwogo in Wakiso District, is said to be owned by a businesswoman in …

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Illicit mercury flow sustained by small scale miners

A report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has revealed that the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector are the force behind the flow of trade in mercury, this is despite the heavy metal’s risk to health and environment. The report titled “Opening the black box: Local …

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Jervois suspends activities in Uganda amid Covid-19 outbreak

ASX- and TSX-V-listed Jervois Mining has suspended its activities in Uganda in response to Covid-19, with no fixed remobilisation date yet. The miner said on Friday that measures have been undertaken to safeguard the health and safety of its employees, contractors and local communities. According to Jervois, timing of restart will “depend on …

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CSOs demand Govt close loopholes hurting mining tax revenue

Civil Society Organisations in Uganda are demanding that the government takes up appropriate action to close loopholes that are hurting mining tax revenues in the country. This call was made in reaction to the Auditor General’s Report which concluded that under assessment of payment of royalties in the mining sub-sector …

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ICGLR discuss ways to end illicit gold trade in East and Central Africa

International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) mining officials are set to meet next month to discuss the body’s Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Strategy which calls for harmonization of gold export procedures including taxation and traceability. The strategy is believed to be the panacea to rampant smuggling of gold …

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What Kenya needs to do to better protect those working in the oil sector

After decades of failed attempts, Kenya finally Struck oil six years ago. Commercially viable reserves were discovered in Turkana – the northwest of the country- by British oil company, Tullow oil. The basin is estimated to contain about 560 million barrels of oil. While commercial production is a few years …

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Kenya, Uganda’s mulls nuclear power generation

Kenya is mulling the introduction of nuclear power generation capability through the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board, established in 2014, to catalyse development. This comes at the backdrop of Uganda drafting the Atomic Energy Bill in 2008 to regulate the use of ionising radiation and provide a framework to develop nuclear …

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