Will Dawes is a graduate of Bristol University (BSc Geology) and Royal School of Mines, London (MSc Mineral Exploration), and has over 20 years’ experience in the mining sector. Having trained as a geologist in South Africa, he worked as a mining analyst and then for Rio Tinto's exploration division. Subsequently, he gained significant global mining transaction experience in the mining teams of Robert Fleming & Co, Chase Manhattan Bank and JPMorgan. He has been Chief Executive of Mkango since co-founding the company in 2010. Mkango is currently completing a BFS for the Songwe Hill Rare Earths project in Malawi.
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Mkango Resources Ltd. is a Canadian dual listed mineral exploration and development company focussed on rare earth elements and associated minerals in the Republic of Malawi, a country whose hospitable people have earned it a reputation as "the warm heart of Africa". The Company holds interests in three exclusive prospecting licenses in Malawi, the Phalombe licence, the Thambani licence and the Chimimbe Hill licence.
The main exploration target in the 80% held Phalombe licence is the Songwe Hill rare earths' deposit, which features carbonatite-hosted rare earth mineralisation and was subject to previous exploration in the late 1980s. Mkango completed an updated Pre-Feasibility Study for the project in November 2015 and a Feasibility Study is currently underway, the initial phases of which include a major drilling programme.