Five Angolan cooperatives will join existing semi-industrial diamond exploration cooperatives under one-year authorisations and extendable by four granted by the Ministry of Geology and Mines in dispatches signed by Minister Francisco Queiroz.
In the same orders, the minister explains that the “sustainable use of the country’s mineral resources” means “strengthening and accelerating the diversification of exploration and mining activities involving both the public sector and the private sector of the economy.”
For the province of Malanje, concessions were granted to the Cooperativa Mineira Brilho do Mussende, in the municipality of Cangandala, in an area of 50.53 square kilometres (km2), followed by the Cooperativa Mineira Twala Kumoxi, in the municipality of Kunda-Dya-Base, with 190 km2, and Cooperativa de Pesquisa e Recursos Minerais, in the municipality of Malanje, with 200 km2.
Two other orders grant concessions for the semi-industrial exploration of diamonds in the neighbouring province of Lunda Norte, including the cooperatives of Txapemba Canguba, in the municipality of Cambulo, with 84 km2 and L & L Comércio, in 7 km2 of the municipality of Chitato.
Cooperatives must comply with a set of obligations, including not allowing foreigners to enter, taking care of the exploration area, selling the diamonds found only to the diamond trading company Sodiam and complying with the standards set out in the Kimberley Process .
A director at Angolan state diamond company Endiama recently said that it is promoting the creation of semi-industrial cooperatives for diamond mining in all provinces of the country. (macauhub)