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DGSM opens up Karamoja Regional Office; Fort Portal, Ntugamo, Tororo are next.

The Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines (DGSM) has opened a Regional Office for the Karamoja Region, a move aimed at bringing geological and mining services closer to the people of Karamoja Region. Based in Natumkathikou within Moroto town, the office will serve the other districts of Karamoja namely Amudat, Abim, Kabong, Nakapiripirit, Napak and Kotido. Its constructio... Read more

RIO Shells out $57mln for SIPA project in Kitgum- Pader Uganda

Mining giant Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) has announced it will farm into Sipa Resources’ (ASX: SRI) Kitgum-Pader base metals project in northern Uganda. Rio will serve up US$57 million (A$75 million) in exploration funding and US$2 million in cash payments over up to 11 years as it takes a stake of up to 75% in Kitgum-Pader. The cash component of the joint venture deal will be... Read more

Mining, Agriculture and Pastoralism in Amudat

  Historically, mining is known to overide other existent econmic activities wherever minerals are discovered. Amudat District which is located in Karamoja region in Uganda with pastoralism as the main economic activity has in the recent past seen an increase in the number of liscence applications and mining activities in the district.   The Pokot however have ... Read more

ZRA uncovers a Mining tax scam worth 76.5 billion Kwacha

The Zambia Revenue (ZRA) has started the process of comprehensively auditing mining companies in all applicable tax types.       Last year, the amnesty on interest and penalties was announced to allow tax payers to clean up their tax accounts. Those with issues were expected to engage ZRA and have a waiver on interest and penalties. A post amnesty revie... Read more


In many countries, 70 to 80 per cent of small-scale miners are informal. Despite the inform nature of the sector, Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) has in the recent years grown rampantly because of the rising value of minerals globally.

A miner in Mubende

According to a report released by the Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) Global Trends in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM): A Review of Key Numbers and Issues, the number of people directly engaged in ASM has risen from 6 million in 1993 to over 40 million in 2017.

ASM Graph



However, because of the informal nature of the trade, artisanal mining has been linked to damaging socioeconomic, health and environmental impacts, which trap the majority of miners and communities in cycles of poverty and exclude them from legal protection and support.

Despite its low productivity, ASM is an important source of minerals. It accounts for about 20 per cent of the global gold supply, 80 per cent of the global sapphire supply and 20 per cent of the global diamond supply. ASM is also a major producer of minerals indispensable for manufacturing popular electronic products, such as laptops and phones. For example, 26 per cent of global tantalum production and 25 per cent of tin comes from ASM.

Many miners resort to mining as an alternative source of income and move from one mine site to another basing on availability of minerals. Others resort to mining as an alternative to agriculture. Many miners are unskilled reason for which their Environmental, Health and Safety practices tend to be very poor.

To be able to earn from minerals in an informal sector, some organized groups have adopted responsible mining practices by eliminating child labor in mines, improving social and environmental practices among other measures and adopting other standards of Fairtrade to be able to sell their gold on the international market and earn from it.

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