“The recent outing of George Bennett, head of Rainbow Mining Burundi has shown that the mineral files in Africa are far from simple matters where only logic and reason prevail.” This is the conviction of Yves-Lionel Nubwacu, expert in bilateral and multilateral treaties and conventions; a personal opinion he develops in these lines.
In these big stories there are characters with fuzzy profiles, smoke screens, where, if you’re not careful, you get smoked up.
Here, the Burundian state got smoked up for the first time. Obviously, the authors do not want to recognize their package. The proof is the exit of the boss of the CEO of Rainbow Rare Earths Mining.
And yet, the truth is that the websites that provide them with these prices, namely Argus Media and Asian Metal, either have no verifiable fixed addresses, or have inventory to sell; which makes them appear as intermediary front companies that are part of the same mining production chain.
The prizes that Rainbow makes appear to be incestuous prizes come from its own ranks.
In this press release, Mr. Bennett claims that “the government of Burundi has never provided any other quality of analysis from a credible third party, analysis of the qualities of the samples they hold for each batch exported to date. “. “He is ready to persevere in his contempt …”
Is Mr. Bennett ready to accept that we do the analyzes here in Burundi, with the same equipment and the same internationally recognized analysis protocol? No. He’ll just tell you that we don’t have a certified lab for this. He is ready to persevere in his contempt until he ignores that those who carried out these analyzes in Burundi are certified experts in physical chemistry!
I give you here in full the words of Professor Steve de Cliff, expert in the field, who in essence tells us that: “I would like to draw your attention to the following fact: the grade of an ore in the field is generally quite low. , and to minimize the costs of transport and subsequent processing, the ore is generally treated by processes aimed at improving its grade or grade ”.
And this is where I would like, in all humility, to be enlightened. Even before starting actual mining of the Gakara rare earth mine,
Rainbow has always claimed and continues to claim that the Gakara mine has an in situ grade ranging from 47 to 67%, with an average of 57%. What explanation does the CEO of Rainbow give to justify that after the process of enrichment of the ore, the content of the product rightly called “rare earth concentrate” remains stationary, and even falls below the content in if you ?
What is CEO George Bennett based on saying that 80% is unachievable for Gakara rare earth “concentrate”? I remind once again that the product marketed by Rainbow is not this ore surrounded by a pile of gangue, but indeed a concentrate of rare earths obtained after treatment in a gravity enrichment plant having a yield of more 80% (cf. Rainbow annual reports) ”.
This is where the issue of minerals is, it is imperative, the Government must remain firm on this issue. The looting of minerals has caused unprecedented harm to the Burundian people who need to accelerate their development.