DRC Operating Team

Central African’s DRC operating team is lead by Grant Dempsey who has considerable operations experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Grant Dempsey


Lead by Grant Dempsey who has considerable experience in all aspects of mining exploration, development and operations in the DRC and one of the most respected senior mining executives in the DRC with strong relationships within the DRC mining community. Until his current appointment with Bankers, Mr. Dempsey was the technical advisor to the Board of Directors of Gecamines, the DRC government owned mining company. Mr. Dempsey was the President of Boss Mining (located 3 kms from the 

Bankers’ Kabolela project) and Frontier operations owned by Eurasian Resources Group from June 2015 to December 2016 where he was instrumental, through plant expansion, in increasing copper cathode production by 70% and reducing operating costs by 42%. From April 2012 to August 2013, he was CEO of Shalina Resources’ Chemaf project where he was responsible for implementing all required processes and certifying resources, satisfying due diligence requirements for the sale of the organization. From September 2010 to March 2012, Grant was simultaneously, Managing Director of Metorex DRC, Ruashi Mining and Kinsenda owned by Metorex (Pty) Limited and created Ruashi Mining from exploration through to construction, financing and operations. This project also included was the construction and operation of a Flotation Plant, Acid Plant, Solvent Extraction and Leach Plant, producing both cobalt and copper. Mr. Dempsey was the Recipient of the Gold Medal of Merit from the government of the DRC for adding positive sustaining value to the country.

Jean-Pierre Mupataie


Mr. Mupataie has over 20 years of experience within the fiscal and regulatory system of the DRC. Expert knowledge was gained during employment with major mining companies, including ASX-listed mining operations. Risk management evaluation and conflict resolution with respect to the tax system are Mr. Mupataie’s specialty and are based on many years in senior positions.
Mr. Mupataie is qualified at B.Com. (honours) level and is fluent in French, Swahili and Lingala with full professional proficiency in English.

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