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.
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Matthew Staff Editorial Director, Outlook Publishing