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Virginie Gbonobe

Lubumbashi, Congo The Democratic Republic
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About Virginie
Virginie GBONOBE is a seasoned journalist based in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she has developed a niche in reporting on the critical nexus of health, education, and the mining industry. Her insightful coverage extends to significant events such as World Mental Health Day, where she brings to light the struggles of healthcare workers and patients, particularly during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginie's reporting not only reflects the immediate impacts of global health crises but also delves into the technological advancements within the Congolese mining sector, underscoring the importance of local economic development and the role of corporate social responsibility.

Her work is characterized by a deep commitment to capturing the essence of the Congolese people's experiences, particularly in the context of education. Virginie provides a vivid portrayal of Congolese students, documenting their perseverance and the creative adjustments they have made to uphold traditional celebrations and academic customs despite the uncertainties brought about by the pandemic. Through her journalism, Virginie GBONOBE offers a window into the resilience of her community and the dynamic changes shaping the future of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Kibali is on track to meet its goals thanks to automated mining!

12 Oct 2021  |  congoprofond.net
The Kibali gold mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is on track to meet its production goals for the year and increase its net mineral reserves, ensuring its future as a top-tier operation for at least another decade, according to Barrick CEO Mark Bristow. Continuous investment in technological innovation has kept Kibali at the forefront of automated mining developments. The implementation of machine learning in the mine's hydroelectric plants and the expansion of battery control systems will reduce the need for backup diesel production and further lower Kibali's already relatively low carbon footprint. A new automation software for underground haulage loaders has been installed, and a remote shaft sinking system now allows operators to control loaders from the surface. Bristow emphasized the employment and training of locals, with 94% of Kibali's workforce being Congolese, including its leaders. He also highlighted Kibali's anti-Covid-19 campaign's effectiveness, with 21% of employees and contractors vaccinated, compared to 0.15% national average in the DRC. Kibali's growth has spurred a thriving local economy in a region previously dependent on subsistence agriculture, with $95 million spent on local entrepreneurs and suppliers this year. To date, Kibali has contributed $3.7 billion to the Congolese economy, and ongoing exploration around the mine confirms the potential for reserve growth, indicating significant future benefits for the DRC and its people.

Reportage sur le respect du calendrier vaccinal des enfants à Lubumbashi

Reportage santé sur VOA Lingala

Reportage pour le compte de VOA sur la santé mentale et le covid à Lubumbashi

Un reportage pour le compte de VOA sur la santé des femmes atteintes de fistule

Couverture en ligne de l’Intervention de Barrick Gold à DRC Mining week publié dans Anzuwbusiness.net

Mon portrait sur BBC News Afrique




DRC: People with mental disorders even more socially isolated

10 Oct 2020  |  Sahuti Africa
On World Mental Health Day, October 10, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dr. Joseph Guislain Neuropsychiatric Center in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, highlighted the increased social isolation of people with mental disorders. The pandemic has exacerbated difficulties for healthcare workers and patients alike, with fears of spreading the virus to families and challenges in accessing expensive and scarce medications. A mass was held in a limited setting, and the center's head, Fr AG Richard KIBAMBE, appealed to provincial and national authorities for support, especially for mental health patients facing multiple challenges. Abbé Augustin PILI-PILI emphasized the need for care without discrimination in his homily. The event also included dancing as a momentary respite for the patients and staff.

Relief for Final-Year Students After State Examinations in DRC

11 Sep 2020  |  Sahuti Africa
Final-year students in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, expressed relief after completing their state examinations (baccalaureate) on Thursday, September 10. Despite initial doubts and concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and extended states of emergency since March, the students reported that the exams went well and were of an acceptable level compared to previous years. Measures were taken to prevent cheating, such as banning cell phones in exam rooms, and health protocols like mask-wearing, handwashing, and social distancing were enforced to prevent the spread of the virus during the exams.

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