From the exploration of future deposits to the transformation of minerals and their extraction, all mining operations can take advantage of multiple technological innovations today.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Vodacom, the leading mobile phone service provider with a 34% market share and 40% for M-Pesa, which has more than 21 million subscribers in the country, introduced its technological solutions at the 8th edition of the mining week in the DRC.
Ms. Pamela Ilunga promotes the solutions her group offers to mining companies: “We have a product that we launched with the largest mine in the DRC at the moment, which is the Glencore group in partnership with Standard Bank, called Umoja, which is an ESS (Employee Self-Service) system that allows employees to receive messages, no matter where they are in the mine. Because if you are in a mine, you see the distances that have to be traveled instead of gathering everyone in one place in the morning, what we achieve is that they have the messages on their phones and every day, updates on new safety instructions in the mines, information relevant to them, even the pay slips, and that saves them 1 or 2 hours every day instead of bringing everyone together, that is the Umoja product.
Sierra Leone: recovering a depressed economy
Hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and then the war in Ukraine, Sierra Leone was already struggling to recover from a bloody civil war from 1991 to 2002 and the Ebola outbreak from 2014 to 2016. Inflation and frustration towards the government sparked riots in August 2022 that left 27 civilians and six police officers dead. The challenges facing the president-elect are enormous.
Tanzania and the ambition to make the agricultural sector profitable
Tanzania has committed to transforming its agricultural sector, crucial to its economy, by controlling exports. Recently, 500 trucks carrying grain were blocked at the Namanga-Kenya border. This agricultural policy seeks to promote self-sufficiency and generate enormous benefits in the long term. However, some associations, especially in neighboring countries, fear an increase in prices.