Re-launch of iron ore mining in Jamba, Angola to create 6,000 jobs

7 June 2012

The re-launch of iron ore mining in the Jamba municipal area of Angola’s Huíla province, expected in 2013, will create over 6,000 direct jobs, according to a report from Angolan mining company Sociedade Angolana de Exploração de Recursos Minerais (AEMR).

In the document, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, AEMR said that that number of people would be employed in the companies involved in mining, storing, transport and environmental aspects of the Jamba mining project.

Some of the jobs will be created by the Moçâmedes Railroad (CFM), others in the steelmaking industry, coal production, mining at the Tchamutete and Jamba mines and the remainder will be employed by AEMR and the Sacomar dry dock in Namibe province.

According to the report the prospecting project employed at least 700 people in exploration activities at Tchamutete, Cassinga, and Cateruca.

Meanwhile, AEMR recently discovered an iron ore reserve of an estimated 400 million tons in the Cateruca area of the Cassinga Norte project.

The Cassinga exploration project, in an initial phase, will require investment of US$1.227 billion, of which US$445 million will be provided by the central government and the remaining US$782 million by the private sector.

Jamba municipality is located 350 kilometres to the east of the city of Lubango, the capital of Huíla province, and has an estimated population of over 200,000 people. (macauhub)

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