Gold prospecting begins in Angola’s Huíla province

13 December 2012

A consortium made up of Angolan iron company Ferrangol (Empresa Nacional de Ferro de Angola), Lavulo and the Chipindo Company has started prospecting for gold in the Chipindo municipality, 456 kilometres north of Lubango, in Angola’s Huíla province, the municipal administrator said Wednesday.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Daniel Salupassa said that in 1975, when the country became independent from Portugal, the municipality had inherited an industrial sectors, “that had great impact on the country’s economy and development.”

From independence until the end of the 1980s, he said, the municipality experienced a period of great difficulty that led to mines drawing to a halt and their subsequent destruction.

“The Bambi commune was chosen for the launch of gold prospecting and I believe there are still large reserves in the area,” said Salupassa adding that work at the Carmoloy mine had started a few months ago.

During a visit to the mine the provincial governor, João Marcelino Tyipingui, announced the construction of two dams in the area to supply electricity to the municipalities of Kuvango, Chipindo and Jamba. (macauhub)