All articles by Patrick Kingsland
Foreign investment or grassroots growth – the future of mining in Rwanda
Rwanda is trying to encourage foreign investment in the country’s mining industry, but policies threaten to leave behind the artisanal miners that make up the majority of the country’s workforce. Patrick Kingsland finds out about the future of mining in Rwanda.
The complexities of military involvement in mining
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the military has deployed hundreds of troops to protect a copper and cobalt mine from illegal mining, while in Peru the government is cracking down on unlicensed miners operating in the Amazon rainforest. Should the military get involved in mining? Patrick Kingsland finds out.
Turning around Mexico’s mining meltdown
Despite its large mineral wealth Mexico’s mining sector has struggled and investment has hit a 12-year low, rattled by political uncertainty and insecurity. Patrick Kingsland takes a look at the industry and asks what it can do to once again become an attractive investment opportunity.
Mining exploration incentives around the world
From exploration subsidies in Saskatchewan and Australia to tax credits and tax ‘holidays’ in British Columbia and Nigeria, there are many ways national and regional governments incentivise mineral exploration. In this feature, Patrick Kingsland maps out the most interesting and effective support mechanisms for exploration firms.
Talking toxic tailings reprocessing in Zambia
Jubilee Metals Group recently took control of the Kabwe zinc, lead and vanadium project in Zambia, and is now preparing to reprocess the large historic tailings in the town. Patrick Kingsland caught up with Jubilee’s business development manager, Gareth Owen, to find out more about the task at hand.
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Anglo American’s new sustainability strategy: does it hold up?
Anglo American’s recently launched sustainability strategy includes commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, improve energy efficiency by 30%, reduce freshwater abstraction by 50% in water-scarce regions and create five jobs off-site for every job on-site in host communities. The goals are admirable, but, Patrick Kingsland asks, how will they be achieved?