History of mining: five of the oldest mines still in operation

While mining is nothing new, with archeologists finding evidence that the history of mining goes back to the ancient world, it is rare these days to find mines that have continued to produce on a commercial scale. Here are some of the oldest mines still in operation. 1. Khewra salt mine Dating back as far …

Nigerians, Investors, Banks Must Show Interest in Mining Sector – Hon Bwari

Hon Abubakar Bawa Bwari is the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development. In this interview bares his mind on the reforms in the mines and steel sector urging Nigerians, the business community and banks to show more interest and seek understanding of the sector in order to take advantage of the potentials available …

Discoveries Could Spur Bolder Nigeria Industry Plans

Nigeria’s ambitious plans to expand its non-fuel minerals sector are becoming more deeply meshed with the country’s strategic industry development agenda, minister of state Abubakar Bawa Bwari has told Mining Journal, as the Muhammadu Buhari government tries to build real longterm prosperity and jobs for the massive youth element of a population that could be the …

Mining CEO talks project opportunities in Nigeria

Exclusive interview with Tim Wither, CEO of Symbol Mining, bronze sponsors at the upcoming Nigeria Mining Week in Abuja in October. “We are building a reputable, safe and trusted mining company in Nigeria, and hope to raise awareness of Nigeria’s potential as a mineral resource producer.” Let’s start with some background on Symbol Mining and your …

Tanzania Targets Setting Up Mineral Exchange by End of 2018

Tanzania plans to establish a minerals exchange by the end of this year, in a bid to ensure the East African nation reaps the most from its resources, Minerals Minister Angellah Kairuki said. The nation’s resources including gold, diamonds, iron, silver, copper, graphite and other rare earth minerals such as gemstones. “We will take into …

What does the ‘rise of the machines’ mean for Africa?

Barry Elliott, Rockwell Automation Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa Managing Director Barry Elliott considers the possible impact of the Internet of Things in Africa. Will automation, artificial intelligence and robotics – or as it’s been called, the ‘rise of the machines’ – really reduce the value of people and their roles as meaningful contributors to society? …

NASS Push For Viable Means For Future Benefits

The Federal Government in August last year disclosed that Ajaokuta steel company has the capacity to create 500,000 upstream, downstream employment when it becomes operational. In the view of Mr. Isah Onobere, the Sole Administrator of the company, he said that the first phase of the plant would also provide direct employment for 10,000 technical …