Angolan minister warns of cancellation of mining licenses

12 February 2016

The government of Angola is expected to withdraw licenses from operators who have mining concessions but do not have the capacity to develop the business, the Minister for Geology and Mining said Wednesday in Lubango, southern Huila province.

Minister Francisco Queiroz said at the end of a meeting with mining operators in the southern region of Angola, which includes the provinces of Huila, Namibe, Cunene and Kuando Kubango, there was a need to correct the current situation in which almost 2,000 licenses have been granted but most have yet to start operating.

“The government has a presidential decree that governs this matter, stating that the operators that have licenses but have not started mining will lose them,” warned the minister.

Queiroz, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, said that this measure aims to regulate mining in the country and give opportunities to those who really want and can engage in the activity.

During his visit, the Minister visited the southern regional head office of the Geological Institute of Angola, quarry company Omatapalo and the granite processing plant of Emanha. (macauhub/AO)