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SAIMM collaborates with UCT MtM

The SAIMM hosted its first collaboration with the UCT, Minerals to Metals Initiative on 3 June 2020. The collaboration is a first in a number of forums to follow in 2020. The Minerals to Metals Initiative has evolved over the past 14 years, highlighting some of the key initiatives that shaped the minds of academics and students. The first forum entitled The Minerals to Metals Initiative, “Whence we come and where we’re bound’’ was addended by over 100 delegates and included an awards session which presented the 'Shining Light' award to two outstanding students, signalling to the development of the next generation of innovators coming from the Minerals to Metals team.

Join us online on the following dates for more from the MtM Initiative.


Nathan Williams David Doepel Dr. Muza Gondwe Monica Gichuhi
Nathan David Muza Monica


Title: Traceability and assurance in mineral value chains: global perspectives and African opportunities 

Date: 1 July 2020

Time: 14h00-15h00

There is a global movement in the mineral industry toward greater transparency. Companies are increasingly demanding the right to know where their minerals come from and under what conditions they were produced. Until now, efforts to track materials and improve conditions for mining communities have had limited results. Now an emerging technology, blockchain, has arrived on the scene and promises to make a difference. In this session, we will explore blockchain technology, how it works, what makes it unique, and how it can be used to provide traceability and assurance to the mineral industry. We will look at different ways the technology can be applied as well as some of the limitations and challenges that are yet to be solved.


Dr Byelongo Elisée Isheloke

Presenter: Dr Byelongo Elisée Isheloke

Topic: Conflict and Development Outcomes related to Coltan and Cobalt trade in the DRC

Date: 8 July 2020

Time: 14h00-15h00

In this session we will discuss why the resource-rich countries often have lower development achievements compared to countries not endowed with important geo-resources. We will unpack the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and explain why many theorists see it as a resource curse. We will also look into the challenges of maladministration, mismanagement of cash and problems of governance in the DRC. Issues to be discussed include the effects of corruption, endemic political crisis and the predatory economic system. The discussions will focus on the coltan and cobalt minerals and why they are strategic today. We will also look at how illicit exploitation of coltan was instrumental in fuelling conflict in the eastern DRC and why the case of cobalt is slightly different.  Could cobalt exploitation be a key contributor to state power and used to contain conflict in the eastern DRC? We will try to answer this question and to understand what national, international laws and transparency initiatives exist and why are they not effective in solving the problems once and for all.