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A reputation justified

Few places have had their mineral wealth catalogued to the extent of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has made a name for itself largely as the shared owner of Africa’s Copperbelt, but also as a prolific producer of tin, diamonds and, to a lesser extent, gold.

That coverage has historically focused on ‘conflict minerals’ but since the end of the civil war in 1999 has had more to do with the mining industry’s obsession with unlocking unrealised mineral