Small miners’ love for cheap gold, keeps mercury flowing

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Gold miners work at a mining site in the Cameroon town of Betare Oya on April 4, 2018. PHOTO |REINNIER KAZE | AFP

In Summary

 Investigators have found a relationship and dependency between the gold value chain and mercury supply as most ASGM operators receive mercury on credit from gold dealers and the recipient settles the debt upon selling gold.

 Wholesale prices range from $113 to $202 per kilo and $150 to $391 /kg for retail sale. It is most expensive in Tanzania and cheapest in Uganda.

 Informants say that mercury is, at times, purchased from individuals working in hospitals, medical laboratories and pharmacies, licensed shops selling other mining chemicals and individuals working within military camps.

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