Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Oct – The installation of a factory for processing limestone in the south of Mozambique’s Sofala province depends on increasing the voltage of the transmission cable that feeds the district of Chibabava, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
The newspaper said that this meant that the limestone would have to be processed in Sussundenga, in Manica province, which has higher costs for the mining company because of transport.
Abraham Cronjé, the owner of South African company Whale Keef Investment, which is promoting the venture, said that the quarry had limestone reserves of 1 million tons as well as 2,000 tons of guano to produce fertiliser on a plot of land covering over 200 hectares.
Cronjé also told Notícias that he had asked for the 22 KVA transmission cable to be increased to 33 KVA, which would be enough for the factory to star operating. The factory is intended to process limestone into dust for use in agriculture to correct soil acidity.
If the factory starts operating it will employ between 40 and 50 people and the region’s rural workers will be have access to the limestone dust at a lower cost, which will increase available income and agricultural production, Cronjé said. (macauhub)