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Diamond Producers to continue operations despite COVID-19 outbreak

Even in these uncertain times, traditional diamond producers remain confident about future demand. Despite the current COVID-19 outbreak, on Friday (27th March), Anglo American announced that production will continue across several African diamond assets with considerably reduced employee numbers. Individual mines will continue operating with only 50% of workers remaining. …

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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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Handing Back Colonial-Era Mining Data will support Rwanda’s mineral exploration efforts, says RMB

The move by Belgium to hand back the data on geology and mining on Rwanda which was recorded during the colonial era will support Rwanda’s mineral exploration efforts. This is according to Francis Gatare the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board (RMB). Gatare said the …

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Coronavirus: Africa might be the biggest loser

Researchers believe the spread of coronavirus in Asia might condemn the African continent to be the biggest loser outside Asia; this is despite the absence of a single case being confirmed thus far. According to Dirk Willem te Velde, principal research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, a slowdown in …

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WearCheck expands in West Africa

South African condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, today upgraded their laboratory in Tarkwa, Ghana into a state-of-the-art testing centre which can now conduct transformer oil, coolant and fuel analysis – amongst a host of additional services – as well as traditional used oil analysis. Tarkwa’s new laboratory – now housed in …

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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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IIA Technologies infringed element six synthetic diamond rights

Singapore courts have ruled that IIa Technologies have infringed an Element Six patent for proprietary synthetic diamond products and their method of manufacture. The patent relates to the production of material which is desirable both for use in laboratory-grown diamond jewellery, and in optical applications such as infrared spectroscopy and …

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Côte d’Ivoire’s Tietto Minerals wins the Investment Battlefield challenge at African Mining Indaba.

An emerging mining company in Côte d’Ivoire, Tietto Minerals, has won the 2020 ‘Investment Battlefield’ competition at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. The annual Investing in African Mining Indaba has grown into the most comprehensive gathering of mining companies, investors, governments, mine solution providers and media …

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