Lunda Norte province in Angola selects areas for artisanal diamond mining

22 March 2011

Dundo, Angola, 22 March – The provincial director for Industry and Geology and Mining of Angola’s Lunda Norte province, Silvestre Tcheleca, said Friday in Dundo that areas for artisanal diamond mining had been identified in the province.

The identification of the areas and their exploration is part of the policies approved in 2009 by the central government, with the aim of integrating the communities that live close to the mining areas into the socio-economic and production process.

Speaking to state newspaper Jornal de Angola, Tcheleca said that a survey of the potential artisanal mining areas had been carried out by the Ministry for Industry and Geology and mining and by Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola (Endiama).

The local authorities, he said, had requested that the Ministry for Industry and Geology and Mining by the end of this year grant licenses to the people or groups that will be carrying out artisanal mining activities.

Angolans aged over 18, resident in the communities surrounding the areas previously identified for the project for a period of more than 10 years.

The legal diploma that establishes the standards for artisanal diamond mining stipulates that only non-industrial materials can be used, such as pick-axes, spades and rudimentary or hand-crafted nets. (macauhub)