When Africa shuts down, the rest of the world grinds to a halt

Hii story imefanya hadi nikaskia kulia. Yaani why is Africa still poor yet we supply most of the raw materials used in production of almost everything in the world. Sasa wazungu wameanza kulia ati iron mines, copper mines, cobalt mines e.t.c are closing down in Africa and they will not be able to produce silicon chips for their phones or lithium batteries for their electric cars. Mak*nde yao,wacha tulock down kila kitu ndio wajue Africa ni baba yao. Wametudharau for long, wacha wakose hizo minerals ndio wajue sisi pia ni important. Someni hii article from Bloomberg.


[SIZE=7]As China Reopens, Africa’s Woes Threaten to Starve Its Factories[/SIZE]
Pauline Bax, Matthew Hill and William Clowes
April 5, 2020, 2:01 am
(Bloomberg) – On a typical workday, hundreds of thousands of men clad in overalls and carrying safety equipment and head lamps assemble at South Africa’s mine shafts. They crowd into cramped elevators to be lowered miles underground, where they hack at seams of gold or platinum and haul ore in intense heat and humidity. After hours of backbreaking labor, they return to the surface to shower in communal areas, and many share meals and bed down in crowded hostels.
These aren’t typical days.
South Africa on March 26 imposed a three-week lockdown to fight the coronavirus, confining millions in their homes and shuttering most businesses—including the mines that are the first link in a global supply chain that passes through smartphone factories in China and auto plants in Detroit, Turin, or Tokyo, and ends in stores and showrooms around the world.

Even as Asia slowly reopens after its lockdown, factories there risk running short on supplies as the virus spreads to countries that produce vital raw materials. And nowhere is the problem a bigger issue than in Africa, which provides the metals and minerals needed for just about every industrial product, and where countries heavily reliant on trade with China have been suffering from a collapse in commodity prices.
While the number of confirmed coronavirus cases across Africa remains low compared to other parts of the world—some 7,000 cases on a continent of 1.3 billion people—social distancing is a luxury the region can scarcely afford. Most governments lack the resources to enforce effective containment measures, and health systems risk buckling if the disease reaches Africa’s crowded shantytowns and slums.
“For Africa, it will be much harder than you imagine,” said Auret van Heerden, chief executive officer of Equiception, a supply-chain consultancy in Geneva. “They’ve survived Ebola, they cope with malaria and tuberculosis, but I don’t think they’ve had anything quite this infectious.”

The African mines that produce raw materials for factories across the globe are bracing for the arrival of the virus. In South Africa, Kumba Iron Ore Ltd., the continent’s largest iron-ore producer, and Anglo American Platinum Ltd. and Sibanye Stillwater Ltd., the world’s top platinum vendors, have curtailed most of their output. Chrome and manganese mines, which supply ingredients for steel, have been largely shuttered.
In Luabala, a province of Democratic Republic of Congo that is a major provider of copper and cobalt used in rechargeable batteries, mines remain open but the work force has been limited to essential personnel to minimize the risk of contagion. Tenke Fungurume, a mine owned by China Molybdenum Co., has been put into isolation, with about 2,000 people ordered to stay on site and avoid “contact with the outside world,” according to a memo circulated to staff.
Even facilities that keep producing risk interruptions in getting their goods to market. In the best of times, Africa’s transport networks are fragmented and inefficient, and its ports and customs services are notoriously slow. Today, most African countries have closed their borders, and several have limited internal travel or imposed lockdowns. While cargo is usually exempted from the restrictions, increased security controls, sanitation measures, and reduced staff at ports and railways threaten severe delays.
Most copper and cobalt from Congo’s mines, for instance, moves via truck through Zambia and then to ports in South Africa and Tanzania. While cargo carriers can still cross into Zambia, new sanitation measures have led to 25-mile backups at the border.
In Kenya, a dusk-to-dawn curfew has resulted in a pileup of goods at ports, driving up freight costs by almost a third, according to Dennis Ombok, chief executive of the Kenya Transporters Association, which represents truck-fleet owners. Even though essential goods are officially exempted, drivers are being harassed by police, Ombok said.
“It’s taking up to three days to clear at the border between Kenya and Uganda,” he said. “The police need to tone down how they’re handling transporters. We’re carrying food and raw materials. These are essential.”
In South Africa, the port of Durban, the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa and serving landlocked Zambia and Zimbabwe, limited operations to essential cargo, and police stopped all trucks carrying other goods for several days. On Thursday, the order was reversed to help ease massive congestion at the port. Amid the confusion, First Quantum Minerals Ltd., which accounts for more than half of Zambia’s copper production, says it has started making alternative shipping plans.

At the main crossing between Zambia and Congo, more than 1,000 trucks carrying food, equipment, and supplies for mines had to queue last week after a partial lockdown came into effect. For now, Zambia has managed to convince the Mozambican government to allow trucks carrying fuel from the port of Beira to exit Mozambique, after they were held at the border.
“With a crisis of this magnitude,” Zambian President Edgar Lungu warned last week, “we shall find ourselves under forced lockdown if all our neighbors shut their borders.”
And global trade moves in many directions these days, so mines are facing potential shortages of crucial imports needed to keep operating as suppliers worldwide curtail production; sulfuric acid, for instance, is critical in copper processing. Both Zambia and Namibia, which ships copper and uranium to China, have raised the alarm over looming shortages of key chemicals for their mines.
“Most if not all our mining companies get inputs from China,” said Veston Malango, head of Namibia’s Chamber of Mines. “And we have not been able to do that.”
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sad,one day we shall rise again.

Bonobo,I ask yee,when is will that day come?

Stop pitying yourself and do the needful.Start by fckung Konyagi from behind and tell him to go to hell.

We don’t know our potential. That is what Hon. Gadaffi wanted to teach us and they killed him. DEATH to AMERICA, hope Corona wipes them out

He is on ktalk like you. What the Fuck you expect him to say that’ll matter at all?

Lazima wazungu wanasikia kujinyonga wakiona hivi.

Atleast me I have tried to fcuk Konyagi by not paying taxes,ooohh mimi nilipe never

Ile siku wajinga wataacha kupigia kura ‘mtu wetu’ ,then maybe,just maybe we will be voting in credible,compliant and righteous men and women…start with african christian churches which are a conduit for corrupt officials

You could shut down every mine and oilfield in Africa and a majority of Africans would not feel a difference for years.

That’s how bad it is. In

Exactly !!!
Muzungu has ensured that we Africans can’t do shit with the minerals on our own.

Na to matters worse zile nugu Malaya huenda kuzurura Europe na america ndio zinamake up most of the 7000 . we should ban them from returning to Kenya completely.

And their local representatives send the little scraps they share with us back to Europe and Asia

What do you mean by you don’t know your potential???
Do you really need Ghaddaffi to teach you that you have oil and water aquifers in Turkana? Don’t you have eyes to see? Don’t you have a brain you can use to think of ways to exploit those resources?

Mining is hard work. Very hard work and Africans generally are lazy.
Mining requires you to set up universities where you research how to mine and what to do with the minerals. That is hard work.
Then you have to build factories. That is extremely hard work that requires brain power and research. Africans can’t do such hard work. We have to look for a mzungu partner and investor to come do that hard thinking.

The African preffers to be employed, to get a salary, to buy a house and a toyota… that other hard work of thinking, researching, getting dirty, living in the desert collecting samples, mosquitoes, scorpions etc that is the work of the foreign investor let him deal with such nasty sh*t.

At the end of the day you are still a bonobo. Serve your white masters bila kusumbua mkiwa na murefi 1. Ghaseer


Africa is a rich continent even after colonization still resources ziko…problem is its bonobo corrupt leaders we elect we never learn

True… But the whole terrestrial ball will…

Flawed thinking. Africans are not lazy. Matter of fact if the reward is there most human beings will work their asses off. That’s why most failures in kenya wakienda majuu manage to succeed juu all they need is to put in the work.

Issue ni akina konyagi, moi and the underlings who have sold the country to the west and now east.

Most Africans abroad are employed. They are not innovators or inventors or researchers on the frontline.

Wote ni employees with a nice paycheck, sedan, house etc. Thinking is very hard work. It pains the African brain to engage his medulla oblongata and turn a mineral into an aeroplane.

Of course there are more employees than employers anywhere in the world. But there are also africans that are in research, business and many other industries. One thing u are missing is that these africans are moving into a country where they are already at a disadvantage. Kama native blacks of America already complain of discrimination what do u think african immigrants face. And despite such obstacles many still manage to do well.