Archive for the ‘Congo’ Category

Gorillas, Militias, and Bitcoin: Why Congo’s Most Famous National Park Is Betting On Crypto

Via MIT Technology Review, an interesting report on how – in an attempt to protect its forests and famous wildlife – Virunga has become the first national park to run a Bitcoin mine: The AK-47 is heavy with extra clips strapped together, jungle style, but the man holding it doesn’t flinch as he patrols the […]

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Africa’s Sleeping Giant: Central Africa

Via Africa: The Big Deal, a look at how Central Africa has claimed less than 1% of all the funding raised by start-ups on the continent since 2019: After covering Eastern, Northern, Western and Southern Africa, our last stop on our tour of the continent’s regional ecosystems naturally takes us to Central Africa. With only $82m+ raised by start-ups since 2019, the region […]

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How Chinese Companies Have Changed Africa

Via The Economist, a report on how Chinese companies have made their mark on the African continent: Outside a bar in Fungurume, a mining town in Congo, men caked in dust spit peanut shells onto the floor. Inside, where Chinese New Year lanterns hang from the walls, Emmanuel (not his real name) explains how things changed […]

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The Struggle For A “Monster” Lithium Deposit

Via Week In China, an article on the struggle for a “monster” lithium deposit in Africa: Chinese ambitions to take control of the biggest lithium mine in Africa looked dead in the water in April 2020 after Canberra blocked the ASX-listed miner AVZ Minerals from selling an 11.8% stake to Chinese firms including CATL (see […]

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$1 Billion Investment to Revamp Mining In The DRC, Build Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

Via SportTechie, an article on a planned large-scale investment in the DRC: BlueTech Investments, a private equity firm led by Hall of Fame basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, is investing $1 billion toward ethical mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The funds aim to support conflict-free mining of copper, cobalt and other minerals needed […]

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Congo, Cobalt, and the Electric Car Boom

Via The Economist, an article on the ugly dash for cobalt in Congo: On the streets of Kolwezi, a mining city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, huge billboards advertise “executive” mobile-phone-data packages, a few gigabytes for a few dollars. They are popular not just with the suited types shown on the hoardings; they also […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.