Canada’s Mkango eyeing Malawi’s Songwe Hills for mining

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Although many stakeholders are still not impressed with the mining sector in Malawi, Canadian based Mkango Resources Limited has disclosed that it will start mining activities at Songwe Hills in Phalombe district.

Mkango Resources Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) William Dawes disclosed the move to have rare earths from Songwe Hills, which range from neodymium used in electric motors to lanthanum used to make batteries, whose demand is increasing with the emergence of new, greener technology.

Malawi's Songwe Hills

Songwe Hill to provide the minerals. (Image credit: Guerilla Investing)

Dawes said that they will start mining at the hill in 2020 to meet the demand of metals that are used in electric vehicles.

“We think we will be in production in three years’ time, just at the right time,” Dawes told Reuters on Monday.

Dawes added that their target is to be mining 3000 tonnes of rare earth in Malawi by 2021 to meet the demand in the world.

The mining sector in Malawi has been reported to be benefiting those in authorities as they profit from the sales of the minerals.

The Kayelekela mining in Karonga is among the mining projects in which Malawians were ripped off as reports revealed that the lion share was enjoyed by those in power.

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  1. You can’t just start mining without telling the public how will you be paying to Govt and how much do you expect roughly to get in US dollars per a year! Let’s be transparent this is new Malawi otherwise you will appear before Parliamentary Committee. Kkkk lol! Dzuka Malawi.

  2. Poor reporting leaving people with unanswered questions,,,, wht do thy want to mine,,,,I really don’t Knw if this z why z taught in journalism

  3. F**k stakeholders kodi mukamati chilengedwe mumasamala ndinuyo muwuzane kuti panyapanu anthu alephere kupeza ntchito chifukwa simukhutitsidwa? Anthu inu ndi oipa, project iliyonse imakhala ndi ma disadvantage over environment ndiye musatumbwe ngati mumalenga chilengedwe ndinu. C4 wangosowa ndinakaphulitsa timagalimoto tanuto mumagula ndi misonkho ya amphawife. MUSAMALE.

  4. Its only here in Malawi where mining has left the country much poor….Where are the benefits of Kayerekera mine?Only port-holes n treches left…..palibe chomwe wakumudzi angaloze chaphindu

    • My friend do research properly. What are they going to mine. Mcheng Kayerekera are coal mines. Of which minerals which can change economy is gold, diamond, nickel, platinum and copper. No country usually import coal. That coal from above mines is just used in Malawi. So we need mineral like gold or diamond to export then it brings foreign currency. Rand in Malawi is only being brought by people. At the other hand it will create jobs opportunities. Its simple we keep our mineral and kwacha keep going down or we use our minerals to gain. That will also attract big investors. We have oil but we choose to keep it. Botswana, Zimbabwe, RSA, and Zambia are rich because of they choose to allow mining to take place. While Kamuzu declined.