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Congo reinstates VAT on imports for mining companies

KINSHASA, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Congo has reinstated a value added tax on mining company imports, the chamber of mines said on Saturday, part of what miners say is a deteriorating business climate in the read more......
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Ghana's gold, diamond output to drop as govt curbs small-scale mining

PANAJI, India, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Ghana's gold output is likely to drop sharply in 2017 because of curbs on the small-scale mining that lifted production last year but was causing damage to the enviro read more......
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Tanzania: Tanzanite Probe Team Leads Off

The Special Parliamentary Committee formed by the House Speaker, Mr Job Ndugai, has initiated its mission of probing contracts, operations and export of tanzanite, which is a unique gemstone in the co read more......
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Small-scale mining: Tales from the field

It's an hour's drive from Katoro Town to Kihesa mining camp at Lwamgasa Village in Geita District. Upon reaching the site, you are met with an environment that has almost been torn part. Hundreds read more......
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Mercury: Slow killer in Uganda's gold mines

Inside one of the dozens of gold camps that dot the foothills and valleys of Mubende in central Uganda, the hustle and bustle is astounding. 'Saigon City" nestled in the valley of Kayonza; Kitumbi read more......
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East Africa leads efforts to cut use of mercury in mining

East Africa is driving a global initiative to phase out the use of mercury in mining, as it is harmful to human health and the environment. Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Burundi have announ read more......
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Tanzania passes laws on renegotiation of mining, gas contracts

Tanzania's parliament passed two laws on Monday allowing the government to force mining and energy companies to renegotiate their contracts, despite pleas from the mining association for more time read more......
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Sierra Leone 'Peace Diamond' sold for less-than-expected

  1. Sierra Leone has sold one of the world's largest diamonds ever found at an auction in New York on Monday, fetching a lower-than-expected price of $6.5 million The egg-sized, 709-carat rough "Peace …
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Chinese 'investor' moves to evict 10,000 artisanal miners

  1. The space for artisanal miners in Uganda is slowly shrinking. As the country tries to strike a deal between artisanal miners and a developer of a gold mine in Mubende, a similar problem is playing out…
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Mining ministry hosts sector stakeholders

  1. The Ministry of Mining will hold the second edition of the annual Kenya Mining Forum in Nairobi that is expected to be opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The two-day event will showcase Kenya's mi…
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Mining industry must spread social and environmental progress to small-scale mines

  1. Artisanal and small-scale mines, normally operating in the informal economy, produce a big chunk of the minerals we use every day -- about a fifth of the world's gold produced each year, for example. …
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Artisanal miners being duped

  1. Fidelity Printers and Refiners (FPR) said on Monday artisanal miners, who are contributing significantly to the country's gold production, were being duped by middle-men who are buying the yellow meta…
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How a young German director documented illegal gold mining in Ghana

  1. Filmmaker Johannes Preuss has received a student Oscar for his film, "Galamsey," which was shot in Ghana and looks at the illegal gold trade there. DW met him to discuss how the country could "turn in…
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