Min­ing Gi­ants

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Our an­nual part­ner­ship with, and re­sul­tant re­view of, the In­vest­ing in African Min­ing Ind­aba expo has taken on a life of its own in 2018. As we en­ter our third month analysing the fall­out from Fe­bru­ary’s con­ti­nen­tally-sig­nif­i­cant event, Africa Out­look can con­fi­dently point towards a sec­tor en­gulfed in timely pos­i­tiv­ity.

For the past two years the over­whelm­ing feed­back has re­volved around ‘light at the end of the tun­nel’ and ‘signs of re­cov­ery’. This year’s re­sound­ing re­ac­tion has painted a very dif­fer­ent pic­ture though. The light is here, and the re­cov­ery is all but com­plete.

Last month, Teranga Gold kick­started this good news by em­pha­sis­ing West Africa’s cur­rent preva­lence in the in­dus­try, but mu­sic to the Min­ing Ind­aba’s ears will be this month’s re­port cour­tesy of South African-based Mbuyelo Coal.

A tes­ta­ment to what can be achieved when peo­ple pull to­gether and when the in­trin­sic val­ues are cor­rect, the Com­pany has adapted, re­mained flex­i­ble and stayed com­mit­ted to its over­rid­ing phi­los­o­phy of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in or­der to over­come re­cent chal­lenges and come out of the other side with much to look for­ward to.

“We main­tain that coal will re­main a rel­e­vant source for a long pe­riod of time… but we know that it is im­por­tant to start to­day with our re­search & devel­op­ment to stay ahead of the in­dus­try,” em­pha­sises CEO, Rirhandzu Si­weya.

Panafrican Equip­ment Group and Bas­sari Re­sources form a wor­thy sup­port­ing cast to round off this month’s min­ing fo­cus, and who’s to say this train of pos­i­tiv­ity can’t go one more stop into May’s edi­tion as well?

Two of our re­main­ing pro­files at this plat­form high­lights the fan­tas­tic di­ver­sity that can be seen across in­dus­try-lead­ing en­ter­prises on the con­ti­nent, and the dif­fer­ent routes and chal­lenges each face to reach such a sta­tus.

In the lo­gis­tics cor­ner, Cum­mins is a house­hold name renowned with in­dus­trial suc­cess on an in­ter­na­tional scale, and its African arms are no dif­fer­ent, as epit­o­mised by its thriv­ing Cen­tral Sup­ply Chain Op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion. Mean­while, on team tele­coms, Hor­muud So­ma­lia has grown from hum­ble be­gin­nings to raise an en­tire coun­try’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties to nev­er­reached-be­fore lev­els, and is now look­ing to be­gin its own in­ter­na­tional jour­ney.

En­joy the is­sue!

Matthew Staff Ed­i­to­rial Di­rec­tor, Out­look Pub­lish­ing

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