Ten tons of precious stones to be sold at public auction in Mozambique

8 July 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 July – Ten tons of precious and semi-precious stones, specifically rubies, tourmalines and emeralds, seized in Mozambique, are to be sold at public auction in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, the chief executive of the Fund for Promotion of Mining said Wednesday.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Abduremane Machon said that the stones, which will besold in lots, had been seized by the police and officials from the customs service and the Mining Fund in locations across the country as they were being smuggled out of Mozambique.

Mining in Mozambique over the last few years has attracted operators from all over the world, notably people from teh Great Lakes region, some of whom, in association with Mozambican nationals, illegal mine the country’s natural resources.

Machon said that the first lot would be made up of types of ruby totalling over 8.7 tons.

The second lot will be made up of tourmalines totalling 498.4 kilograms, the third will be of grenadines weighing up to 359.2 kilograms, the fourth is rose quartz weighing 232.5 kilos, the fifth emeralds weighing 321.8 kilos and the final lot will be made up of aquamarines and beryllium weighing 66 kilos.

According to the information provided, people or organisations interested in buying the gemstones may present private proposals, which will be opened on 29 July.

The Mining promotion Fund (Fundo do Fomento Mineiro) is a public institution that aims to provide support and financial assistance to actions to boost artisanal and small-scale mining. (macauhub)