Interview with Didier Tilman, General Manager, Katanga, Rawbank on the bank’s interaction with the retail and SMEs segments of the market in the DRC

Didier Tilman, General Manager Katanga, Raw Bank

Didier Tilman, General Manager Katanga, Raw Bank

Rawbank began its commercial operations in the DRC in May 2002 and today you are celebrating your 12th anniversary in the country. Could you provide us with a brief overview to the bank?
Rawbank is a fourth generation privately owned bank that was created 12 years ago by the Rawji family in the DRC. The bank was established at a time when the country’s banking industry was in difficulty and 12 years later we developed in the largest bank in the country in terms of total deposits, loan portfolio and total equity.

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Interview with Gordon Backuisen, Territory Manager Sub Saharan Africa, Boart Longyear on developments at Kibali and Tenke Fungurume mine and the advantages of sonic drilling in the Copperbelt.

Boart Longyear

“To be successful in a country like the DRC drilling contractors need to be versatile, flexible and able to offer complete services”

“In the Copperbelt Sonic Drilling is appropriate as for both the Zambian and the DRC sides of the belt, the top 80 m. ground layer is badly fractured, with caves and mudflows, making any technique for drilling complicated.”Continue Reading

Interview with Max Emedi Madjani, Chief Financial Officer, on AEL Mining Services DRC new emulsion plant at Kansuki and the benefits of producing in country.

Max Emedi Madjani Chief Financiar Officer AEL Mining Services DRC

Max Emedi Madjani Chief Financiar Officer AEL Mining Services DRC

AEL is a supplier of explosives technology and initiating systems in Africa.  What is the company’s overall corporate structure and where is it operating?

AEL Mining Services is a member of AECI (African Explosives and Chemicals Industries), a conglomerate chemical company based in South Africa and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is considered one of the major contributors to the mining industry in Africa as far as developing, producing, supplying of commercial explosives, initiating systems and blasting & fragmentation services are concerned. With Africa being AEL’s home market, the company is also widely regarded as a leader on the African market given our current footprint, and we have the appetite to expand further.Continue Reading

Interview with Gordon Backuisen (“GB”), Territory Manager; Sub Saharan Africa and Kurt Radtke (“KR”), General Manager-Saudi Arabia, on developments at Kibali and Tenke Fungurme mine and the advantages of Sonic drilling in the Copperbelt.

Gordon Barkhuisen Territory Manager Sub-Saharan Africa Boart-Longyear

Gordon Barkhuisen Territory Manager Sub-Saharan Africa Boart-Longyear

Boart Longyear provides drilling solutions in more than 40 countries worldwide. What services do you offer you clients in the DRC?
GB: Boart Longyear is an American provider of drilling services, capital equipment and consumable products for customers in the mining and minerals exploration, environmental and infrastructure, and energy industries. The company conducts these activities through two operating divisions, known as the Global Drilling Services and Global Products divisions. The Global Drilling Services division operates in over 40 countries.

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Interview with Samuel Opare, General Manager and Ernest Gielink, Operations Manager, on Mining Company Katanga Trucks new alliance with Tiger Resources and the problems of power generation in the region.

Sam Opare General Manager  MCK Trucks

Sam Opare General Manager MCK Trucks

MCK is a private Congolese company that was incorporated in 2007. What is the company’s history in the DRC and major milestones?

SO: MCK was founded 14 years ago by three shareholders, but the current company (MCK Trucks SPRL) was officially founded in 2007. A major milestone for the company was surviving through the global financial crisis of 2008. In 2008, the company suffered a setback from the financial crisis and within a period of two weeks, six out of seven contracts were cancelled. In order to maintain our last operation, we reduced our equipment use and overhead costs and of the 85 expatriates that were working for us only 12 were retained.Continue Reading