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From Zambian Economist
Thu Feb 21 2013, 23:34:00
Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) recently confirmed that it is proceeding with plans to resume output at the Mimbula open pit mine as part of Vedanta's strategy to extend mine life at its operations. KCM has been carrying out feasibility studies since 2011 at Mimbula including extension of the power line to the site as well as pit de-watering and de-silting as mining has not taken place there since the 1970s. The feasibility has been completed and now it plans to invest US$200m.
The company is currently awaiting environmental approvals for the project. The production capacity of the mine had not yet been established but early indications suggest that it has huge deposits of copper. Subject to approval, mining of ore should start April 2014. The Mimbula open pit mine is expected to create a ... [view whole blog post ]
From Congo Siasa
Thu Feb 21 2013, 14:23:00
Reports from various sources--the UN peacekeeping mission, M23 insiders, and the Congolese army--this afternoon suggest that the rift between Bosco Ntaganda and Sultani Makenga is deepening. Details are still vague, with some going so far as saying that the two have been taking to Kigali for a sitting-down, but it is clear that the long-standing tensions have escalated.
To recap: the two have been at loggerheads since the arrest of Laurent Nkunda in January 2009 by the Rwandan army and the subsequent nomination of Bosco Ntaganda as the head of the CNDP forces. Makenga was close to Nkunda, and never got along with Bosco, who built a clique around the officers who had served with him in Ituri--Innocent Zimurinda, Innocent Kaina (India Queen), adding to them Baudoin Ngaruye. They were known as ... [view whole blog post ]
From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY
Thu Feb 21 2013, 13:39:39
Guest Post by Melinda Fantou The road that leads to Bredasdorp, a small town about 180 km from Cape Town, meanders through barren fields shaved of the wheat they once nursed to maturity. The sheep sidle through protruding stalks, stomaching the lack of greener pastures. The resilient blue gums - the only trees that seem, [...] [view whole blog post ]
From Enough blogs
Thu Feb 21 2013, 12:41:47
As President Obama sets off on his new four-year term, the Enough Project delivered an open letter to the president outlining critical steps that the U.S. government should take to address the conflicts in the Sudans, between Sudan and South Sudan, in eastern Congo, and in areas impacted by the Lord's Resistance Army. The full letter is available on this page, and here's an overview of what Enough Co-founder John Prendergast and Executive Director John C. Bradshaw wrote.
Peace talks between the Congolese government and M23 rebel group continue in Kampala but demonstrate the clear need for a broadened peace process. The 11+1 peace framework proposed by the United Nations looks promising, but impartial facilitation and participation representative of the various actors in the region, ... [view whole blog post ]