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James Campbell: Botswana Diamonds optimistic of receiving Thorny River mining permits this year

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Underground operations are the most economical approach to extend Jwaneng mine's lifespan – De Beers

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DRC extends ERG's Boss Mining suspension

07 december 2023

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has extended the suspension of Eurasian Resources' Boss Mining copper and cobalt project for at least three months due to environmental and safety concerns.

Bloomberg quoted Congo's mines minister, Antoinette N'Samba Kalambayi as saying that the company is yet to solve issues that caused property destruction and many deaths after flooding reached a local community in March.

The ministry first suspended the mine development in May.

N'Samba Kalambayi said Boss should implement the suggestions offered to prevent calamities that could lead to environmental harm and loss of life from happening again to lift the suspension.

ERG began the redevelopment of the Boss project last November after three years of care and maintenance.

The mine is expected to generate 21, 600 tonnes of copper and 3,600 tonnes of cobalt hydroxide annually.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished