Mining

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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.

Blockchain technology to be used to track cobalt from mines to electronic devices

Reuters is reporting that there's a pilot of a blockchain solution that is underway to track cobalt from when it is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) all the way until it is used in the manufacturing of electronic products such as smartphones and electric vehicle rechargeable batteries.

Scientists have developed an early warning system that can prevent deaths in South Africa's mines

Scientists from South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed an early warning system that could assist in preventing mining deaths. The early warning and monitoring system called RockPulse constantly monitors rock-mass for micro-seismicity. RockPulse along with another robot developed by the CSIR called Monster will be