A worker carries wet cobalt on his back at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: AP

US-China trade war hits Africa’s cobalt and copper mines with 4,400 jobs expected to vanish

  • Mining giant Glencore’s plan to shut a cobalt mine in Democratic Republic of Congo and two copper mining shafts in Zambia is due to weakening demand
  • Tariff tit-for-tat between world’s two largest economies seen as one cause of weakening demand for African commodities used in a range of hi-tech products
Topic |   China-Africa relations

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A worker carries wet cobalt on his back at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: AP
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Jevans Nyabiage

Jevans Nyabiage

Kenyan journalist Jevans Nyabiage is South China Morning Post's first Africa correspondent. Based in Nairobi, Jevans keeps an eye on China-Africa relations and also Chinese investments, ranging from infrastructure to energy and metal, on the continent.