Gold mining in Jamba, Angola to begin in 2012

13 October 2010

Jamba, Angola, 13 Oct – Gold mining in the Jamba municipality of Angola’s Huíla province is due to begin in 2012, the municipal director Miguel Cassela said Tuesday in Jamba.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Cassela said that prospecting was quickly being carried out, and ore quality assessment work was currently underway by Russian technicians, an activity which began in June.

The municipal director also said that, as soon as prospecting work was finished, the central government would launch a public tender to choose the company in charge of actually mining the gold.

“It is necessary to define the quality of the gold before investing in mining equipment, in order to prevent financial and human resources losses,” the director said.

As well as gold, the reactivation of iron mining at the Cassinga mines is also part of the government’s plans, and a feasibility study is under way to assess overall cost.

Jamba municipality, with an estimated population of over 120,000, covers an area of 12,700 square kilometres. (macauhub)