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Building on Africa's golden foundations

What was in the previous boom a place to pick over for iron ore, has become one of the only viable places to look for significant new gold deposits. West Africa’s potential is coming to the fore and for good reason.

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In it for the long haul: West Africa has much more gold production on its way (photo: Kinross' Chirano mine)

As the well-trodden greenbelts of Canada, Australia and the US have started yielding complex ores, requiring capital intensive processing or eye-watering upfront expenditure, explorers have come to