Har­mo­nious Min­ing

Africa Outlook - - Contents - Project Man­ager: Dono­van Smith

Main­tain­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­log­i­cal bal­ance

Largely virtue of a strong busi­ness part­ner­ship with Vin­mart Group, Somika S.P.R.L

(Societe Minere Du Katanga) con­tin­ues to evolve as one of the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC)’s fore­most min­ing and min­eral pro­cess­ing en­ti­ties; set­ting bench­marks across in­dus­trial oper­a­tions and wider lo­cal up­lift­ment.

Es­tab­lished in 2001, the Com­pany is now renowned for its pro­duc­tion

Presently, Somika is dis­tin­guished among the lead­ing ex­porters of cobalt and cop­per prod­ucts in the DRC

of high qual­ity cop­per and cobalt prod­ucts, com­pounded by an in­ter­nal struc­ture that boasts the very best in mod­ern-day machin­ery and equip­ment.

“Equipped with a state-of-the-art lab­o­ra­tory for the pro­cure­ment and pro­cess­ing of min­er­als, grad­ing, crush­ing, dry­ing and pack­ag­ing, Somika sets global stan­dards for the min­ing of cobalt and cop­per,” the Com­pany af­firms on its web­site. “Presently, Somika is dis­tin­guished among the lead­ing ex­porters of cobalt and cop­per prod­ucts in the DRC.”

Much more than this though, Somika’s strong­est at­tribute comes from its role as a so­cial en­abler, the busi­ness’s con­tin­u­ous growth lend­ing to nu­mer­ous em­ploy­ment opportunities and pe­riph­eral sec­tor en­rich­ment.

As many as 1,500 lo­cal cit­i­zens are em­ployed by the Com­pany, while Somika also of­fers busi­ness opportunities to ser­vice sec­tors around its lo­cal re­gion of Lubumbashi, in­clud­ing bank­ing, in­sur­ance, trans­port, sam­pling, and in­spec­tion agen­cies.

“Apart from its strong busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with Vin­mart, Somika is also com­mit­ted to var­i­ous busi­ness as­so­ci­ates in dif­fer­ent re­gions across the globe, such as South Africa,

Zam­bia and Tan­za­nia; to Hong

Kong, China, Dubai and In­dia,” the Com­pany con­tin­ues. “With such strong busi­ness re­la­tion­ships, a global lo­gis­tics net­work, and years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the min­ing and min­eral in­dus­try, Somika en­deav­ours to en­sure con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment.”

And such lev­els of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment nat­u­rally trans­late into al­most un­ri­valled busi­ness suc­cess. Spread across the Katanga Province of the DRC, Somika con­tin­ues to cap­i­talise on one of the largest cop­per and cobalt belts in the world; and the 20 mil­lion tonnes (10 per­cent of the world’s re­source) of cop­per metal unit com­prised within.

A bet­ter to­mor­row

“Our in­ter­est in cop­per and cobalt started from the year 2002, when we first setup a cobalt pro­cess­ing plant in Lubumbashi, the Cap­i­tal of Katanga province and the hub of the min­ing

in­dus­try,” the Com­pany adds. “Our fa­cil­ity is now spread over 120 acres in Lubumbashi with an in­house power plant of 22MW for plant oper­a­tions which are con­trolled through PLCbases sys­tems.”

Striv­ing for ef­fi­cien­cies as well as qual­ity across this fa­cil­ity, Somika has – since day one – stayed true to a set of core philoso­phies, pro­ce­dures and poli­cies to achieve op­ti­mum util­i­sa­tion of both nat­u­ral and hu­man re­sources. This, in turn, has helped lever­age the rise of a coun­try whose econ­omy comes with its chal­lenges but has abun­dant opportunities.

“D.R. Congo is a de­vel­op­ing econ­omy, and there are cer­tain chal­lenges. How­ever, the found­ing share­hold­ers of Somika’s strong com­mit­ment to suc­cess and de­vel­op­ment have sat­is­fac­to­rily over­come these ob­sta­cles.

“The Com­pany is well-con­nected with its com­mit­ted busi­ness as­so­ci­ates, and with an es­tab­lished

lo­gis­tics net­work across the globe, cou­pled with years of op­er­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in D. R. Congo, Somika is poised to en­hance its min­ing and min­eral pro­cess­ing oper­a­tions for a bet­ter to­mor­row.”

But the bet­ter to­mor­row doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean just a bet­ter to­mor­row for Somika, rather for the DRC as a whole, and per­haps the Com­pany’s great­est, and most com­mend­able as­set de­rives from its nu­mer­ous lo­cal com­mu­nity pro­grammes across ar­eas of health, ed­u­ca­tion and civic ameni­ties.

Com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence

Min­ing inevitably “im­pacts the lo­cal eco­log­i­cal bal­ance and en­vi­ron­men­tal conditions”, and Somika has there­fore taken it upon it­self to try and mit­i­gate this direct im­pact by adopt­ing a greener, more sus­tain­able and in­no­va­tive ap­proach to min­eral pro­cess­ing; while in­di­rectly in­flu­enc­ing the lo­cal re­gion via all afore­men­tioned

Somika be­lieves sus­tained and pro­gres­sive im­prove­ment is the way of life

so­cial av­enues.

“Somika be­lieves sus­tained and pro­gres­sive im­prove­ment is the way of life,” the busi­ness ex­plains. “[We want] to keep our most im­por­tant as­set and qual­i­ta­tive base of hu­man re­sources live and com­pet­i­tive in the dy­namic world, and we have a global cor­po­rate plan for con­tin­u­ous upgra­da­tion and de­vel­op­ment.”

Ul­ti­mately, this harks back to an over­rid­ing mis­sion and vi­sion which was es­tab­lished upon Somika’s in­cep­tion back in 2001 and that re­mains as per­ti­nent as ever to­day.

The Com­pany con­cludes: “Somika has al­ways focused on qual­ity and be­lieved that without qual­ity there is no sur­vival. Our mis­sion has al­ways been geared on the road to our com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence.

“Our vi­sion is to be among the priv­i­leged global mar­ket lead­ers of the min­ing and min­eral pro­cess­ing in­dus­try by means of con­sis­tent and chan­nelled ef­forts to­wards ex­cel­lence.”

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