The Angolan aggregate quarrying sector is due soon to have new legislation, the Angolan Minister for Geology and Mining, Francisco Queirós, said in Kwanza Norte province, according to Angolan news agency Angop.
At the end of a visit to the Cassala/Quitungo iron ore mines, Queiroz said that the fast pace of national reconstruction had led to high demand for aggregates, which meant that often producers and carriers did not work in line with criteria for the sector and led to environmental damage.
Therefore, he said, work was underway to raise awareness of operators to work in line with legislation, and violating standards will lead to coercive measures, at a time when the Cambambe municipal area will be a model for exploration criteria due to its proximity to the country’s capital.
Queirós said that one of the requirements of future legislation was paying exploration and licensing fees, as many aggregate producers are working illegally and are a drain on Angola’s economy.
The minister noted that there was an aggregates exploration rate card in place that was approved by operators. This rate card requires payment of 2 million kwanzas during the licensing stage until the exploration rights are granted. Execution of this rate card is not checked due to a lack of regulation. (macauhub)