Mining companies operating in Moatize, Mozambique, create almost 11,000 jobs

28 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 June – The 36 mining companies operating in Moatize, in Mozambique’s central province of Tete, have so far created 10,811 jobs, the administrator of Moatize, Manuel Guimarães told state radio station Rádio Moçambique.

Guimarães also said that the projects were seeing good results in the district, “as people are sending their children to school and providing social assistance to their direct dependents and the number of unemployed young people who wandered the streets has fallen substantially.”

Of the jobs created in Moatize, 8,720 have been taken up by Mozambican citizens, of which 1,633 were born in the region. Australian mining group Riversdale Mining and Brazil’s Vale are the region’s biggest employers.

According to Guimarães, activities are underway to encourage the companies to create more jobs, establish a working culture amongst young people and discourage illegal activities.

He also said that mining in Moatize had started to have an impact on the region’s development and this was clear from new roads and lighting, as well as construction of social facilities. (macauhub)