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Fourteen illegal miners killed in mine collapse in DR Congo

An official with the Democratic Republic of Congo says that at least 14 people have been killed in a collapse at an illegal gold mine in the province of Maniema. Government minister Steve Mbikayi said a another three people had...

Huge emerald found in Zambia Kagem mine

Miners at Zambia's Kagem mine, in the north of the country, have discovered a rare high quality 5,655 carat (1.13kg) emerald crystal.The emerald – dubbed "Inkalamu" (meaning lion) - "shows remarkable clarity with a perfectly balanced golden green colour,"...

DR Congo to open talks with miners on the new mining code

Democratic Republic of Congo said it would open talks on Friday with mining companies about implementing some of the most contentious provisions in a new mining code that hikes taxes and royalties in the face of objections from industry. President...

Mali set to follow Congo DR step in revising mining code

Mali’s government is negotiating with mining companies to draft a new mining code but will move to implement a new law unilaterally if no compromise is reached, the West African country’s economy minister said on Friday. Many mines in Mali,...

How Congo DR faced down world’s biggest mining firms

In an ornate room in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential palace last week, some of global mining’s most powerful men faced off against government officials over proposed changes to the country’s mining code. Facing the officials, including President Joseph Kabila,...

Protesters clash with police in Morocco’s poor mining town

Moroccan protesters on Wednesday clashed with security forces in a poor mining town where residents have been demanding government help to tackle poverty, officials and activists said. The town of Jerada in the remote northeast has seen protests since two...

Kabila to sign new DRC mining code after meeting with miners

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will soon sign into law a new mining code, the government and the country’s mining companies said on Wednesday. The code has been vigorously opposed by the miners. The announcement followed a nearly...

Hundreds trapped in South Africa gold mine after power cut

About 950 gold miners were stuck underground in South Africa on Thursday after a power cut, the mine's owner said, though the workers were not reported to be in immediate danger. The Sibanye-Stillwater mining company said a massive power outage...

Ghana unending battles against illegal mining

Ghana has long been known for its bountiful gold reserves and was called "the Gold Coast" during its colonial era. But illegal mining in Africa's second largest producer is taking a heavy human as well as environmental and economic toll...

Court in Zimbabwe halts mining at State diamond firm over permit

Zimbabwe's High Court on Tuesday ordered a State diamond company to stop all mining activities because it had not received a permit from the environmental agency allowing it to operate. The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) was formed in March...
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