Published On: Tue, Oct 13th, 2015

Massive support for Katanga Mining Week

katanga miningKINSHASA, (CAJ News) – GOVERNMENT and the private sector have shown considerable support to next week’s Katanga Mining Week, one of the key events in the Democratic Republic of Congo industry.

Among the supporters include the Government of the Province of Katanga and the DRC’s Ministry of Mines.

Ivanhoe Mines is the diamond sponsor. Engen, Standard Bank and Tenke Fungurume have signed up as platinum sponsors.

Aggreko, Andritz Hydro, Senet and Tiger Resources are gold sponsors.

Spintelligent, 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 event scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

It will focus on the local challenges of the province that is seen as the copper and cobalt mining hub.

Hundreds of mining professionals, global partners, investors and suppliers will converge in Lubumbashi next week for the annual Katanga Mining Week.

“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,” said Louis Watum, Executive Director of Ivanhoe Mines.

The Katanga Mining Week event director, Nicole Smith, said they acknowledged the need for mine personnel to get the best training possible from their experts, as the efficiency of their work on site is a pre requisite to improve the quality of the operations in the field.

Organisers are offering free technical workshops on the expo floor again and will focus on the latest blasting technics as this was a hot topic last year and a crucial part the open sky mining expertise.

Other topics on the workshop agenda are maintenance of machinery and health and safety which will include making staff aware of the risks of malaria and ways to prevent it.

“This year’s Katanga Mining Week’s key partners, exhibitors and sponsors will be providing those 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!” said Smith.

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