From Mine to Market: Mozambique’s Infrastructure Challenges

Mozambique’s mining ambitions rely on infrastructure development.

Ramzy Bamieh

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – Located on some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, Mozambique is by no means remote; it is simply underdeveloped. Urgent investments are thus being aimed at bringing its rail, road and port infrastructure to a state whereby it is able to handle the demand of the mining industry. Rafael Benke, global head of corporate affairs at Vale, has said that the Nacala Corridor and Sena rail line are “just the tip of the iceberg” in terms of infrastructural investments and developments in the country. Continue reading

Henry Ngugi, Managing Director, Atlas Copco Tanzania

Atlas Copco leads the way for equipment suppliers in Tanzanian mining.

Atlas-Copco-BLOGCould you introduce us to Atlas Copco in Tanzania and tell us about the role the branch plays in the wider region?

HN: Atlas Copco has been present in Tanzania since 2003, but we only established a legal entity here in 2007. Since then growth has been quite fast. As part of a 140-year-old multinational group which has pioneered mining technology, we have been able to pass on a lot of experience and specialist knowledge, and a wide range of equipment to the local industry. We are a manufacturer of equipment for Continue reading

Jean Kirsi Ouédraogo, General Director, Omega International

Omega International provides boots on the ground for Burkina juniors.

Omega-International-BLOGCould you introduce us to Omega International and tell us about the role the company plays in the local mining sector?

OI: The Office of Mines, Environment and Geosciences (Omega International) was founded in 2010. Our expertise is in providing geology and environmental services to the industry, however we also act as a representative for several mining companies. We are African professionals eager to share our experiences and know-how with the industry in the service of sustainable development. Continue reading

Professor Francis P. Gudyanga, Permanent Secretary, Zimbabwe Ministry of Mines and Mining Development

Professor Gudyanga elaborates on Zimbabwe’s strategy and opportunities in its mining sector.

Prof-Francis-P-Gudyanga-BLOGCan you give us a brief overview of the Zimbabwean Mining sector and its importance in the Zimbabwean economy?

FPG: Mining not only contributes 50% of Zimabwe’s total exports but is also a key sector in the generation of employment. It counts for a great part of formal employment as well a large number of informal jobs through the artisanal mining sector. Zimbabwe is also hoping to leverage the mining sector to redevelop its manufacturing sector: lately the value addition sector has been in decline and we would like to revive it. Continue reading

Crafting a Winning Code: Cote d’Ivoire Takes on Mining Reform

Legislative reform is the first step to unleashing Cote d’Ivoire’s potential.

Amelia Salutz


ABIDJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE – Amongst West Africa’s resurgent mining sectors, Cote d’Ivoire has emerged as one of the most highly prospective countries in the region. Home to over one-third of the Birimian Greenstone belt, Cote d’Ivoire has indications of great mineral potential, yet its annual gold production is dwarfed by its neighbors in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali. Continue reading

Namibia’s Uranium Sector Prepares for the Rebound

Despite current troubles, the future looks positive for Namibia’s uranium industry.

Ramzy Bamieh & Barnaby Fletcher

SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA – Namibia’s uranium industry has been beset by problems. The Fukushima-caused dive in uranium prices has highlighted the country’s over-dependence on the commodity. Competition from regional peers such as Malawi has dramatically increased. A string of scandals and problems have plagued the Namibia’s primary uranium mines over the past few years. Continue reading

Alfred Baku, Senior Vice President and Head of West Africa, Gold Fields Ghana Limited

Ghana’s largest mine scales back to focus on more profitable ounces.

Alfred_Baku-BLOG-1Please could you provide us with an update on Gold Fields’ operations here in Ghana and any major milestones achieved over the last few years?

AB: Gold Fields West Africa has two operations in Ghana: Tarkwa and Damang. Tarkwa is a very large surface operation which has multiple open pits spread across the entire lease. In terms of mining volume, it has about 135 million tonnes and two processing units. The gold production profile is about 600,000 ounces annually. Damang is relatively small, with production being just short of 180,000 ounces. Continue reading

Günter Leicher, Regional Manager Namibia, and Veronique Daigle, Senior Civil Engineer, Knight Piésold Consulting Namibia

Knight Piésold finds an attractive market in the Namibian mining sector.

Knight-Piesold-BLOGCould you provide an introduction to Knight Piésold’s presence in Namibia?

GL: Knight Piésold’s Namibian office was established in December 2008, with just one member of staff. We now have 14 staff working for the firm. The company has an office in Ondangwa, here in Windhoek, and we are planning to open another office in Keetmanshoop, in November 2013 in the south of Namibia. Continue reading

Kirsten Günzel, Administrative Manager, Günzel Drilling

The success of Günzel Drilling demonstrates the importance of local expertise.

Gunzel-BLOGPlease provide us with an introduction to Günzel Drilling?

KG: Günzel Drilling has been in operation for 10 years. The founder, Arno Günzel, was at that time consulting geologist and required core drilling contractors to test a broken and abrasive rock formation. As he could not find a willing drilling contractor to do the work at reasonable rates, he decided to procure a Continue reading

Amaury Lescaux, General Manager, SMT DRC (Swedish Machinery & Trucks)

SMT DRC invests in a promising DRC market.

SMT-BLOGCould you tell us a little more about your personal background but also about SMT Group’s structure and product offering in the DRC?

AL: I arrived in DRC in 2007 and at that time, I was involved with Chanic; after three years there, I moved on to join Societe Petroliere Congo (SPC), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Puma Energy, Trafigura’s global fuel storage and distribution departement. In 2012, I was about to leave the country when I received a very tempting challenge from SMT that I ended up Continue reading