More artisanal diamond mining licenses awarded in Angola

8 August 2012

One hundred and fifty four new artisanal diamond mining licenses were awarded Tuesday to producers in the Angolan province of Lunda Norte by its governor, Ernesto Muangala, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

Noting that this activity is only carried out using manual methods, the governor said that these kinds of initiative are intended to offer jobs to the population.

So far 1,000 mining licenses have been handed out to artisanal producers in the municipal areas of Kuango, Lucapa, and in several other area, by Angolan diamond company Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola (Endiama).

Endiama considers artisanal activities to be very important as diamond deposits, both alluvial and kimberlitic, may continue to be explored even after industrial mining ends. (macauhub)