Interview with Matt Pascall, First Quantum Minerals, Director Operations, on updates from Kansanshi and some of the current challenges of operating from Zambia.

Matt Pascal,FQM, Director Operations

Matt Pascal,First Quantum Minerals, Director Operations

Following the decline in the price of copper, what strategies is First Quantum employing at Kansanshi to ensure profitability?

First Quantum has to remain efficient at Kansanshi. Currently, Kansanshi operates in the lower 40-50 cost percentile. This means that, should the price of copper drop, most of the copper operations worldwide would start feeling severe pressure before Kansanshi does.Continue Reading

Interview with Charles Carron Brown, Chief Operating Officer, TIGER Resources Limited, on updates from Kipoi’s copper project and power related issues in Katanga

Charles Carron Brown COO Tiger SPRL

Charles Carron Brown COO Tiger SPRL

In May 2014, Tiger commenced copper cathode production at Kipoi. Could you provide us with an overview regarding this project history?

Tiger’s management was looking for projects in Asia, hence the company’s name Tiger, which is appropriate in Asia, and our current Chairman, who at the time was a Consultant to the Board, Neil Ferris had some contacts in DRC. They got wind of the Kipoi project he negotiated, and David Constable, who was Managing Director, came in and drove the exploration programme. Back in 2008 raising finance in DRC was challenging, especially from banks, but we could still receive certain amounts from shareholders.Continue Reading

Interview with Miles Naude, General Manager , MMG Limited on updates from Kinsevere and MMG’s Limited planned expansion plans

Miles Naude, General Manager , MMG Limited

Miles Naude, General Manager , MMG Limited

MMG Limited (“MMG”) is a mid-tiered diversified mining company head quartered in Hong Kong and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In the DRC, you own and operate the Kinsevere Mine. Could we begin with a brief introduction to the project, its history and current stage of development?Continue Reading

Interview with Deon Heyns, Managing Director, Barloworld Equipment Zambia on the importance of involving local communities around mining projects and the company’s overall assessment of working in Zambia.

Deon Heyns

Deon Heins – Barloworld Equipment

“Following early indications of a slowdown in the mining cycle in the final months of 2013, 2014 has confirmed the downward trend on the back of slower growth in China… However, the long-term fundamentals for Zambia remain good and we remain positive on the country’s future outlook.”

“The Barloworld Equipment theme on community development initiatives in Zambia in 2014 is “Let’s grow together”

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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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