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Biometric registration of artisanal miners underway

Artisan and small scale mining is Uganda has important implications for sustainable development. Steps are being moved by Government to improve the economic, social, health and safety environment for artisanal and small scale miners with the launch of the biometric registration study. The launch of the biometric registration consultancy where finger prints and identificat... Read more

NEMA Approves Tilenga ESIA

The Uganda National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) has approved the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Tilenga project and issued a 10 years’ certificate to Total E&P Uganda B.V. and Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited for the development of six oil fields, an industrial area, buried infield pipelines and supporting infrastructures, ... Read more

Kenya crude oil capacity economically unviable for refinery

Crude oil deposits discovered in Kenya are insufficient to justify construction of a refinery, a senior petroleum ministry official said on Tuesday. Kenya discovered commercial oil in 2012 in its Lokichar basin, which Tullow Oil estimates contains an estimated 560 million barrels in proven and probable reserves. Tullow has said this would translate to 60,000 to 100,000 b... Read more

International mining forum opens in Sudan

  The Fourth Annual Sudan International Mining Forum and Exhibition opened on Monday in capital Khartoum, with more than 40 countries in participation. “This forum is convened under very complicated regional and international circumstances,” said Sudan’s Prime Minister Mutaz Musa, when addressing the forum’s opening session. The current challenge... Read more

Fourteen people have been killed in a tin mine in eastern Rwanda after a hill collapsed on them following heavy rains, officials said.

"Because of recent rainfall in the area, part of the hill nearby collapsed and 14 miners who were getting ready for work were buried by land," Fred Mufuruke, governor of Eastern province, told Reuters news agency on Monday.


Jean Claude Rwagasana, another local official from the Mwulire region, said the fatalities include seven women.

"This is an unfortunate event that nobody expected. The accident happened when falling debris at the mining site buried all the 14 people and killed them instantly," he told AFP news agency.

The accident took place at a cassiterite mine, a mineral which, along with the metallic ore, coltan, is a vital component for the production of mobile phones, digital cameras and electronic products.

The open mining site is owned by the Rwandan business of Britain's Piran Resources, said John Kanyangira, director of mining inspection at Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board.

Kanyangira told Reuters that Rwanda's mining industry, quarrying excluded, employs 43,000 people.

Earnings from Rwanda's mineral exports more than doubled to $373m in 2017 up from $166m a year before. The government said revenues are expected to climb to $600m.

Small-scale mining in Rwanda's hilly landscape has led to landslides and mine collapses. Kanyangira said 81 people died in 2018 in various mining accidents. 

In October, eight people were killed and four wounded in a mine collapse in southern Rwanda's Muhanga district.

Last month, at another mining site in southern Rwanda, five miners were trapped underground when the site collapsed. Soldiers and member of the public dug them out alive after nearly two days.

Rwanda's mining board has blamed the mining industry for the deaths, saying many mines' underground tunnels lack support and that firms are slow to implement safety standards.