Angolan government publishes regulations on aggregate exploration

4 January 2013

Angola’s Geology and Mining Ministry has published the regulations ruling aggregate exploration, according to an official statement cited by state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

The statement said that the regulations, which are based on the country’s Mining Code, came after it was found that there were illegal operators and others colluding with operators that do not meet requirements for legal mining.

The Mining Code includes environmental protection provisions that include compliance with impositions of the environmental impact study and the state in which concession areas should be left after conclusion of the projects.

In terms of transporting aggregates the law requires that loads should be covered with appropriate tarpaulins and should not exceed the capacity of the chosen mode of transport.

Mining sector operators are required to inform the Mining Ministry on a regular basis about their mining activities and to outline their prospecting and exploration areas, take out accident insurance and to put forward mining plans.

The Mining Code, which has been in place since 22 December 2011, also requires operators to comply with general safety, hygiene, and health conditions, such as providing collective and individual safety equipment and mining safety signage.

In terms of taxes and fees the companies are required to pay taxes, including royalties, surface taxes, permits, prospecting and exploration licenses, as well as mining registration. (macauhub)