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Long wait for Buhweju miners as Mubende peers get licenses

Buhweju, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Small scale artisanal miners in Buhweju in Western Uganda are still chasing for permission to go back to their mines six years after they were evicted and a year since they last petitioned the government. In 2013, President Museveni directed that firms involved in gold …

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South Africa’s mining, tourism brace for virus buffeting

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa may still have relatively few confirmed coronavirus cases but the flailing economy’s two major foreign exchange earners —  mining and tourism — are bracing to take a hit. China holds a special place in the economy of Africa’s most industrialised country which slid …

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Mining: Moroto district battling environmental degradation

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Moroto district is battling serious environmental degradation emanating from the high demand for wood fuel as the major source of energy for households coupled with mining activities that have left ditches and deep holes in the area. The practice has been exacerbated by the …

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Gov’t tasked to explain idle mineral licenses

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has been tasked to explain why as many as a half of minerals exploration licenses are in the hands of companies that have no capacity to use them. Dr Luisa Moreno, the managing partner and analyst with Toronto-based Tahuti Global Inc., said …

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Regulate artisanal and small-scale mining

The Africa Centre for Energy and Mineral Policy (ACEMP) organised the first ever Uganda national conference and exhibition on artisanal and small-scale mining and quarrying in Kampala on July 25-26. The Independent’s Julius Businge spoke to Don Binyina Bwesigye, the ACEMP’s executive director on the significance of the event to …

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Wolfram mining company lays off workers in Rubanda

Rubanda, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  KI3R Minerals International Limited, a United Kingdom-based company that is mining Wolfram in Nyamuriro Wolfram Mines, Muko Sub County Rubanda district has laid off its workers. The mines which cover 175 acres were revived by KI3R Minerals Limited in December 2016 after a takeover from …

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Rwanda mine collapse kills 14

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP |  An accident at an eastern Rwanda mine on Monday killed 14 people, including seven women, a local government official said. “This is an unfortunate event that nobody expected. The accident happened when falling debris at the mining site buried all the 14 people and killed …

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Morocco closes 2,000 mine shafts after string of deaths

Rabat, Morocco | AFP | Moroccan authorities closed 2,000 illegal mine shafts last year in Jerada, an impoverished former coal town that has been the site of a string of deadly mining accidents. The closure of the “abandoned and illicitly exploited shafts” was announced Wednesday by the energy and mines …

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