Jun 04, 2019· Yanick Kalumbu Tshiwengu, a former child miner from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is lucky to be alive. When he was just 11 years old, Yanick went to Kolwezi to mine cobalt. Every day he descended several metres underground into makeshift tunnels and perilous shafts dug out by the miners, never knowing if he would see daylight and his family again.
Mar 05, 2018· A CBS News investigation has found child labor being used in the dangerous mining of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mineral cobalt
The Mining industry of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a significant factor in the world's production of cobalt, copper, diamond, tantalum, tin, and gold. It is the Democratic Republic of the Congo's largest source of export income. In 2009, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had an estimated $24 trillion in untapped mineral deposits, including the world's largest reserves of coltan and significant quantities of the world's cobalt. The United States Geological Surveyestimates that the DRC has 1 millio
Mar 06, 2018· There's such sensitivity around cobalt mining in the DRC that a CBS News team traveling there recently was stopped every few hundred feet while moving along dirt roads and seeing children digging
Cobalt mining, China, and the fight for Congo’s minerals by Lima Charlie The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is attempting to increase revenue from the 270% surge in cobalt prices in the last year by raising taxes on the metal five-fold.
Sep 21, 2018· Simply banning artisanal mining in the DRC is not a good option because the industrial mines usually leave a lot to be desired as well. So, unfortunately, sustainable cobalt mining in the DRC
The clean energy revolution hinges on the Democratic Republic of Congo — where conflict, corruption, and child labor are rife. P L A Y A GA I N. mining for cobalt in shifts. The diggers
Oct 12, 2018· Based on the data I gathered, I estimate there are more than 255,000 creuseurs mining cobalt in DRC, at least 35,000 of whom are children, some as young as six. Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
Sep 30, 2016· While cobalt mining is not thought to be funding wars, many activists and some industry analysts say cobalt miners could benefit from the law’s protection from
Jan 18, 2016· In 2012, Unicef estimated that there were 40,000 children working in all the mines across the south, many involved in mining cobalt. Around half of all cobalt comes from the DRC, and no
Feb 28, 2018· The hidden costs of cobalt mining. Mining waste often pollutes rivers and drinking water. The dust from the pulverized rock is known to cause breathing problems. The mining
By Alex Crawford, Sky News Special Correspondent. A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in Congolese mines where cobalt is extracted for smartphones.
Gecamines, a state-controlled cobalt-mining company in the DRC, produced 4,167 tonnes of cobalt i n 2016. Its 2017 numbers have yet to be released. The Investing News Network has reached out to
Aug 05, 2017· The UN’s International Labour Organisation has described cobalt mining in DRC as ‘one of the worst forms of child labour’ due to the health risks.
Jan 07, 2019· Rather than mining ore that’s 2% cobalt, you’re mining a battery that has 100% cobalt in it.” Not only a means to push back against the use of child labor in DRC artisanal mines, but the recycling of already existing cobalt may ease possible price
Cobalt Mining in the DRC. The DRC is the largest producer of cobalt ore in the world. The biggest mines in the country are situated in the Katanga province in the south of the DRC, previously known as Shaba. These mines are highly mechanised and has the capacity to produce several millions of tonnes of cobalt and copper ore every year.
Behind the DRC and Russia, Australia and Canada rank third and fourth largest in global cobalt production. “We know [DRC cobalt] is a significant portion of supply, but there is potential for
Feb 27, 2017· It is an essential part of most mobile gadgets sold around the world and demand for cobalt is soaring. But the process of extracting the mineral from the earth comes at a huge human cost. A Sky
Sep 27, 2017· For too long, the Democratic Republic of Congo has known no competition in the cobalt market, to its detriment. The metal, which used to be just a byproduct of nickel and copper mining
Apple, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla are among the tech companies named in a lawsuit brought in the US by the families of children killed and maimed in cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tech giants sued over child labour, deaths and injuries in cobalt mining in the DRC
Sep 26, 2018· Cobalt is essential for our new technological world but, like blood diamonds, half of the Co supplies come from inhumane child labor practices, not the image sought after by
Feb 22, 2018· Apple's potential mining play is about more than money, industry experts say world's cobalt is found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where rights groups have exposed evidence of
Dec 16, 2019· Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell and Tesla have been sued by a human rights group on behalf of families of children killed or injured while mining the cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Jan 19, 2016· The DRC produces at least 50% of the world’s cobalt. One of the largest mineral processors in the country is Huayou Cobalt subsidiary CDM. Huayou Cobalt gets more than 40% of its cobalt from DRC. Miners working in areas from which CDM buys cobalt face the risk of long-term health damage and a high risk of fatal accidents.
Mining Cobalt in Africa. Most of the cobalt in the world is mined in Africa. It is mainly produced as a by-product of platinum and nickel mining operations. Most of the cobalt in the world is sourced from the African country the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). How Cobalt is Used. Cobalt is used in several military and industrial applications.
Nov 25, 2018· With reserves in the order of 3.5 million tonnes, the DRC hosts most of the world’s cobalt and is responsible for 50% of the global supply. Miners, Mining Recommends.
Artisanal mining supplied 10% to 25% of the DRC production. Some 100,000 cobalt miners in Congo DRC use hand tools to dig hundreds of feet, with little planning and fewer safety measures, say workers and government and NGO officials, as well as Washington Post reporters' observations on visits to
Mar 08, 2018· A new mining code in the resource-rich Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to lead to higher costs for consumers of battery metal cobalt just as
Jan 13, 2020· Defendants know and have known for a significant period of time the reality that DRC’s cobalt mining sector is dependent upon children, with males performing the
Apple published a list of all its cobalt smelters, in line with international standards. Sony followed suit, publishing for the first time details of its cobalt supply chain. In August 2017, the DRC government admitted for the first time that children are working in cobalt mines. They pledged to end child mining by 2025 in their new strategy on
Mar 28, 2018· The Democratic Republic of Congo is by far the world’s biggest supplier of cobalt, the key ingredient in the rechargeable batteries needed to power everything from Apple Inc. gadgets to
Jun 01, 2018· International mining companies this week threatened legal action if their concerns over a new mining code signed into law in March are not addressed, they said in a letter to the DRC mines
And in the DRC, children mining cobalt is not uncommon. A recent report from the OECD found that 13% of the total labor force in the mining communities is below the age of 18. The report says of the DRC's child laborers, 41% are 10–14 years old, and 8% are younger than 10.
New evidence of cobalt mining in the former Katanga Province in the Southern Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has just been published. Titled “This is What We Die For” the report jointly published by Amnesty International and the African Resource Watch (Afrewatch) contains troubling human rights abuses in artisanal and industrial cobalt
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