Mining

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Blockchain could reduce modern slavery

Blockchain technology can help break the chains of modern slavery, however, it is not a complete solution.

Thanks to cobalt, electric cars and smartphones are sparking a new form of gold rush

What’s in your stuff? Most of us give no thought to the materials that make modern life possible. Yet technologies such as smart phones, electric vehicles, large screen TVs and green energy generation depend on a range of chemical elements that most people have never heard of. Until the

Improving safety in South Africa's mines using technology

South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) showcased, at the Mandela Mining Precinct in Johannesburg, some of the latest technologies that could help with keeping South Africa's mines safe. One of the technologies demonstrated, known as "Monster", is a robot platform equipped with safety inspection sensors

The Democratic Republic of Congo declared cobalt and coltan strategic mineral

The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared cobalt and coltan strategic mineral resources. This is according to the advisor to the DRC's Prime Minister, Jean Nkunza, after the country's new mining codes were signed into law by President Joseph Kabila on 9 March 2018. By declaring both cobalt and coltan

BMW is using a blockchain solution to track their cobalt supply chain

German car manufacturer, BMW, is looking to using a blockchain based solution for ensuring and proving that only ethically acquired cobalt is used in its electric vehicles' batteries. The company is working with a London based company, Circulor, that aims to use blockchain technology to transform supply chains. The announcement

Apple is looking to secure long-term cobalt supplies directly from miners

Some reports are suggesting that Apple is looking to secure long-term cobalt supplies directly from miners. This is apparently in response to the company's fear that there will be a strain on cobalt supplies as electric vehicles go mainstream. The talks will likely involve speaking and securing contracts with cobalt

Kenya's massive skills gap

Kenya’s extractives sector – covering oil, gas and mining – is booming. There have been recent discoveries of commercially viable resources, like oil and gold. The sector’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product currently stands at around 1%. But the government expects this to reach 10% by 2030.