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Impacts of Covid-19 on ASM Operations in Kenya

Article shared jointly on and Mining Hub Africa At the moment, it is true to say that almost each of us has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been forced to adapt to a new way of life as governments fight to flatten the notorious infection curve. Our resilience has been tested by an enemy invisible to the naked eye, with many sectors of the economy struggling

Impacts of Covid-19 on Artisanal and Small Scale Mining: Case study Kilifi County Kenya

COVID-19: The Fate of Manganese Artisanal and Small Scale Miners in Kilifi The impacts of COVID-19 in the mining industry have been immediate and immense. The effects vary in magnitude from the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to large scale mining companies in Kenya. Whereas its implication was anticipated to be minimal at the start, the virus has put everyone in scare mode and mine development plans have in one

Dam Failures; Lessons from Vale Tailings Dam Failure in Brazil and Patel Dam Failure in Nakuru, Kenya.

In January 2019 a tailings (mining waste) dam in Brazil owned by Vale mining company collapsed leaving over 200 people dead, thousands displaced and an environmental disaster of millions of cubic meters of toxic mudflows from iron waste. Four years earlier, another tailings dam in Brazil jointly owned by Vale and BHP Billiton failed leaving 19 fatalities, hundreds displaced and a similar environmental mess. Closer home in May 2018 an

Kenya Chamber of Mines Welcomes Board

Kenya Chamber of Mines has a change of board; the new board was elected into office on 5th April 2019 replacing the outgoing board that has been in-charge since March 2017. The Kenya Chamber of Mines (KCM), whose motto is “Supporting Mineral Industry Growth” is a Business Member Organization that represent the interests of players in the development of mineral sector of Kenya.  These include: miners/mining companies, prospectors and explorers,

KECBO Seeking to End Use of Mercury in Gold Recovery in Western Kenya

A community based organisation in Western Kenya is seeking to change the livelihood of thousands of gold artisanal miners in the region by empowering them to stop using mercury in gold recovery and adopt environmentally friendly processing methods. The Kakamega Environmental Conservation and Beautification Organization (KECBO), aims to ensure mercury free environment with sustainable gold recovery processes by building capacities and promoting safe mercury free extraction processes in western Kenya