82021Jun
Appetite for Innovative Funding in the Mining Industry

Appetite for Innovative Funding in the Mining Industry

The robust demand for most commodities and the uptick in prices, particularly for precious metals, has seen a number of minerals and metal producers flagging project expansion initiatives. SA Mining recently caught up with LEX Africa’s network of law firms in South Africa, Zambia and Guinea for insight into the different funding options available to…

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272020Jan
Community issues and resource nationalism adding pressure on the Mining industry

Community issues and resource nationalism adding pressure on the Mining industry

INTRODUCTION As if mining by its very nature is not difficult enough from a technical, financial, environmental and labour point of view, added pressure has been brought to bear upon mining companies generally in Africa as a result of the increasing community issues affecting mining operations and the general tendency of increased or “creeping” resource…

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132019Nov
Russia on an Africa charm offensive

Russia on an Africa charm offensive

News images of African political leaders smilingly handling Kalashnikov rifles and other deadly weapons on exhibit at the recent Russia-Africa summit unnerved observers who recall how strife racked the African continent during the Cold War. The Russian-made AK47 was the killing machine of choice during the decades when global superpowers played a violent game on…

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82019Oct
Coal-driven power train is running out of steam

Coal-driven power train is running out of steam

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s theatrical denunciation of world leaders so dominated news coverage of the recent UN Climate Summit in New York that other developments at the meeting slipped under many a radar. For Africa, an announcement by the African Development Bank that it is making a surprise policy turn away from fossil-fuel investment and…

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272018Aug
Angola to change foreign investment policies to woo investors

Angola to change foreign investment policies to woo investors

President João Lourenço is looking to revise policies that inhibit diamond production capacity and revenue generation. Better days could be on the way for Angola, the world’s fifth largest producer of diamonds, as government seeks to improve its investment relationship with foreign investors. Angola’s potential as a diamond producer is still largely untapped, in part…

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72018Aug
Mining in Africa: Developments and outlook in 2018

Mining in Africa: Developments and outlook in 2018

At LEX Africa’s most recent seminar, members discussed challenges and changes seen in this progressive sector. Issues between communities and mining companies are not unique to Africa, particularly in instances where rural land is explored for natural resources. Chris Stevens, Head of Mining and Resources practice at Werksmans Attorneys — a LEX Africa member in…

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