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Did you know that advances in mining technology mean that you can now grow gold and copper next to your tomatoes and maize? This is not science-fiction or the speculation of a wild-eyed scientist, but technology which is being...
Step 1 Ore is taken out of the ground Holes are drilled in the ground (if it’s an open-pit mine) or in the rock-face (if it’s an underground mine), and explosives are placed in them to blast it open. The resulting...
The hunger for metals and minerals, driven by a growing global economy and the digital and renewable energy sectors, is insatiable. Meeting the surging demand for resources like copper, cobalt, lithium, and gold may require Africa to dig even...
1. There has been mining there for thousands of years Archaeologists believe that the Gokomere people (who are the ancestors of today’s Shona people, among others) were smelting iron in what is today Zimbabwe as long ago as the 1st...
There are two kinds of people – those who invested in bitcoin early and have made a fortune; and those who wished they had. But the real story behind this amazing cryptocurrency isn’t its rapid rise in value or...
Renewable power technology is, essentially, enabled by copper. The world simply cannot successfully transition to fossil fuel alternatives without it. Discover exactly how dependent a green energy-fuelled Earth is on the use of copper below. You may even think of...
by Gavin Keeton This article first appeared in the January 2018 edition of Africa in Fact, Issue 44. Africa in Fact is the journal of Good Governance Africa. It is published here with permission. In July 2016, the United Nations Conference...
Lights, camera, action! Hollywood movies cover characters who work in many different industries, and believe it or not, mining is also one of them. Mining movies don’t always feature a lot of explosions, car chases or dragons, but they...
Albert Einstein is remembered for his mastery of complex scientific theory, but in many ways, it was his passion for simplicity that set him apart from other intellects. With Einstein’s dictum firmly in mind, that “everything should be made as...
1. Angola was colonised for nearly 500 years Portuguese explorers first reached Angola in 1484. Luanda, which is today the capital of Angola, was established in 1575. Angola was a major source for slaves, destined for the Americas. About a...