Published On: Wed, Sep 16th, 2015

Massive support for Katanga Mining Week

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Copper & cobalt finJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) - STAKEHOLDERS in the mining sector will next week converge in Lubumbashi to tackle prevailing challenges in the industry.

The mining community as well as global partners, investors and suppliers will meet under the auspices of the Katanga Mining Week, scheduled for the the hub of copper and cobalt mining in the country.

The sixth edition of the annual event, which will also focus on the role of the mining industry in social development responsibilities, is set for October 20-21. 

Katanga Mining Week is enjoying considerable institutional and industry support again, including the Government of the Province of Katanga and the DRC’s Ministry of Mines. 

Ivanhoe Mines is the diamond sponsor and Engen, Standard Bank and Tenke Fungurume have signed up as platinum sponsors. Aggreko, Andritz Hydro, Senet and Tiger Resources are gold sponsors.

Organisers are offering free technical workshops on the expo floor following the topic gaining interest last year.

“We acknowledge the need for mine personnel to get the best training possible from our experts, as the efficiency of their work on site is a pre requisite to improve the quality of the operations in the field,” said Event Director, Nicole Smith.

Smith said this year’s Katanga Mining Week’s key partners, exhibitors and sponsors would prove the training workshops for free, including Ivanhoe, Onlime, Schlumberger and Spraying Systems. 

“Furthermore, the indoor and outdoor expo will showcase the latest technology, hardware and software, enough to excite and inspire any mining professional.”

The conference sessions will be dedicated to infrastructure, railways, fiscal regime and the daily challenges that the mining operators encounter.

Power and key solutions for the Katanga province will have a dedicated session; this is to help boost the production of copper and cobalt.

 Louis Watum, Executive Director of Ivanhoe Mines, was upbeat ahead of the event.

“Now that we are in a downturn, it is good to remember that mining cycles always present ups and downs, and this is the best time to invest and seek to improve operational efficiencies so that we can remain competitive,” Watum said.

Spintelligent, a leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser,and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the United Kingdom, is organising the Katanga Mining Week. 

– CAJ News 

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