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During a visit on June 22 to the Kamoa-Kakula copper project operated by Ivanhoe Mines, 27 delegates were able to take the full measure of headway already made on the scheme. Congo-K’s government is counting greatly on the project -the biggest copper discovery in Africa (AMI 378) - to help revive its copper belt that has taken a strong knock from the fall in the copper price.

The visit was led by Managing Director, Louis Watum and General Director, Guy Nzuru. The group was first introduced to the Ivanhoe Mines team before being taken onsite fully geared up. The DRC Mining Week participants were first taken to the Kamoa-Kakula project and invited to visit the underground mine to fully appreciate the scale of the operations. Later in the day, the group had the incredible opportunity to discover the Kakula site and the building of the new mine. Kakula was identified only last year, and its size and exceptionally high grading in copper have prompted Ivanhoe to step up its development as quickly as possible.

“THE WARM WELCOME AND ENTHUSIASM OF IVANHOE IS CONTAGIOUS. THIS REFLECTS THE SCALE AND EXCITEMENT IN THE DISCOVERY OF THIS MINE.”

DEON NOLAN, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, BBE GROUP

“WHAT YOU SEE IN THE MEDIA DON’T HAVE THE IMPACT AS SEEING IT FOR YOURSELF”

JAN SCHOONRAAD, PROJECTS MANAGER, MASTER DRILLING

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