Through close personal contact with artisanal miners and mining companies we are able to ensure a constant supply of minerals. We provide an agreed sum of money upfront to the suppliers before we carry out our in-house processing and testing and analysis. In many cases we may have minerals from various suppliers which we put together as one lot, in this case, Resources Authority/Geology and Mines Department (GMD) who have a permanent office at our facility are responsible to issue Tags for mixed lots from different supplier. Basically there are 3 Types of Tags:
- Site Tags (Designating the site or mine the materials come from)
- Negociant Tags (For lots which have materials from different suppliers
- Tags for unaccepted or waste materials
Using our Spectrum Analyzer we produce an Analysis Certificate showing the type of material received, the number of bags and their weight and also if the material has been mixed or milled.
The Lab Test also gives the breakdown of the various elements in the sample and the Bq Radiation (The Becquerel (symbol Bq) is the SI derived unit of radioactivity. One Becquerel is defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second. This is to ensure that no harmful radiation is present in the material.
The material is crushed in our Crushing Machines till it is a powder. We also use Magnetic Separators to separate materials which are mixed and to separate them into Iron, Tin or Tantalum. The iron is discarded but the Tin and Tantalum are stored. All materials are weighed at different stages of the process.
It should be noted that all material arriving at our facility MUST be tagged. The iTSCi Programme is a joint industry membership programme designed to assist companies with traceability, due diligence and audit requirements on purchases of minerals from high risk areas as recommended in the OECD Due Diligence Guidelines and UN recommendations. iTSCi activities are based around inclusivity and encouraging progressive improvement in the supply chain. The Programme aims to aid compliance with the US Dodd Frank Law, section 1502 on conflict minerals, in relation to the Rules published by the SEC but is not in itself a certification system. It also compliments other initiatives, including the CFSI's Conflict-Free Smelter audit programme (CFSP), the ICGLR's Regional Certification Initiative, and BGR's Certified Trading Chains Initiative (CTC)
Before Packing in Steel Drums for Export, all drums must be issued with a Tag conforming to the iTSCi Programme. Resources Authority/Geology and Mines Department (GMD) have an office at our facility and they are the government body responsible for checking the incoming mineral Tags and also for issuing the final export tag for the processed minerals.
The steel drums are loaded into 40 Foot Containers and leave for Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania
The containers are loaded onboard the shipping vessel for their final destination.
*For the route Kigali-Dar es Salaam, the average time spent on transit route was 71.98
hours or 3 days for an average speed of 34.5km/hour and a daily travel distance of
499.1km. The related transit cost for a 40 feet container is $4,800
*FIRST DRAFT REPORT ON RWANDA ROAD TRANSIT TIME, COST AND
DISTANCE SURVEY ALONG THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL CORRIDORS