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Mining in East Africa
BY Alex Conradie
Ethiopia
19 December 2018
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Mining in East Africa


East Africa is a significant supplier of rutile (titanium oxide), titanium-iron-oxide mineral ilmenite, gold and zircon. The majority of minerals produced in East Africa are exported for further processing and in 2017, East African countries exported minerals worth US$974.6m, a year-on-year decrease of 9.2%, reflecting a large decrease in Tanzania’s exports. The import of minerals to the region increased by 23% to US$605.8m. A large number of companies are involved in the region’s mining sector, including major companies like Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold and AngloGold Ashanti.


Regional Challenges


Factors such as a lack of infrastructure and changes to legislation continue to have a significant impact on the performance of East Africa’s mining sector. The performance of the sector is influenced by the selling price of minerals and the cost of production, and rising input costs continue to affect operating margins. Electricity is relatively expensive in most East African countries. The mining sector has been identified by most countries in the region as a potential catalyst for economic development, and there is therefore a determined effort to attract foreign direct investment.


Report Coverage


The Mining in East Africa report describes the region, its mining sector, recent developments and factors influencing the industry in the region. There are comprehensive profiles of 40 companies. These include major players involved in East Africa’s mining sector such as Acacia Mining, which owns three gold mines and a number of exploration projects in Tanzania, AngloGold Ashanti, which owns the Geita mine in Tanzania, QIT Madagascar Minerals, which is 80% owned by Rio Tinto and Tinco Investments, Rwanda’s largest tin and tungsten producer.


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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. REGION INFORMATION 1
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 3
3.1. Geographic Position 8
3.2. Industry Value Chain 14
4. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 15
5. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 17
5.1. Local 17
5.1.1. Trade 20
5.1.2. Corporate Actions 24
5.1.3. Regulations 25
5.2. Continental 29
5.3. International 30
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 31
6.1. Economic Environment 31
6.2. Government Involvement 32
6.3. Lack of Infrastructure 32
6.4. Changes to Legislation 33
6.5. Environmental Concerns 35
6.6. Labour Resources 36
6.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 37
7. COMPETITION 37
7.1. Barriers to Entry 37
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 38
9. OUTLOOK 38
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 38
11. REFERENCES 39
11.1. Publications 39
11.2. Websites 39
APPENDIX 1 41
Summary of Major Players 41
COMPANY PROFILES 47
ACACIA MINING PLC 47
AMBATOVY MINERALS S.A. 52
ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD 54
ARIAB MINING CO LTD 60
BASE TITANIUM LTD 61
BASS METALS LTD 64
BISHA MINING SHARE COMPANY 67
CRADLE RESOURCES LTD 69
DELGO MINING CO LTD 71
EAST AFRICA METALS INC 73
EDENVILLE ENERGY PLC 76
ETABLISSEMENTS GALLOIS S.A. 78
GEMFIELDS GROUP LTD 80
GOLDEN UNITED GROUP 83
GOLDPLAT PLC 85
KAREBE GOLD MINING LTD 89
KEFI MINERALS PLC 91
KERMAS LTD 94
KIBARAN RESOURCES LTD 96
KIBO ENERGY PLC 99
KRAOMITA MALAGASY S.A. 102
KRONE UGANDA LTD 103
LEMUR HOLDINGS LTD 104
MAGNIS ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES LTD 105
MANAGEM S.A. 108
MINJINGU MINES AND FERTILIZERS LTD 112
NEVSUN RESOURCES LTD 114
NEXTSOURCE MATERIALS INC 117
PIRAN RESOURCES LTD 119
RAINBOW RARE EARTHS LTD 121
ROCKLAND KENYA LTD 123
STAMIGOLD COMPANY LTD 125
STRANDLINE RESOURCES LTD 127
TANCOAL ENERGY LTD 129
TANZANITEONE MINING LTD 131
TATA CHEMICALS MAGADI LTD 133
THANI STRATEX RESOURCES LTD 135
TINCO INVESTMENTS LTD 137
VOLT RESOURCES LTD 140
WALKABOUT RESOURCES LTD 142
WILLIAMSON DIAMONDS LTD 145
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