Artisanal diamond mining is important because it allows for exploration of natural resources when industrial reserves run out, the chairman of Angolan state diamond company, Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola (Endiama) said Wednesday in Luanda.
Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Carlos Sumbula said that as soon as industrial exploration ends, due to reduced reserves, the remainder is still profitable for artisanal mining.
“These reserves are granted to Angolan citizens so that they can carry out artisanal mining,” noted Sumbula, adding that in some cases Endiama had granted direct artisanal concessions, meaning that, “we do not need industrial activity to have ended.”
The chairman of Endiama also said that in the future artisanal mining would be the responsibility of diamond sales company Sociedade de Comercialização de Diamantes de Angola (Sodiam) and coordinated by logistics company Endiama Logística Integrada (Enditrade) together with residents of the respective areas.
Sumbula said that Endiama had started distributing mining permits in several municipal areas and over the next few days these would also be distributed in the province of Lunda Sul. (macauhub)