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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:29 - Updated Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:56

Huíla: Government admits confiscating licences

Lubango - Mining operators failing to carry out their activity might have their licences impounded by the Ministry of Mining and Geology.

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Exploration of ornamental rocks

Photo: MORAIS SILVA

This was announced Wednesday in Lubango (southern Huila province) by the minister of Geology and Mining, Francisco Queiróz.

The minister was speaking at the end of a meeting with mining operators in the southern region, saying there is need to change the situation.

According to the official, about 2000 licences have been issued to operators around the country, but very few are actually operating.

As the minister stated, the Government has approved a presidential decree that regulates the matter and provides for punitive measures on those failing to operate.

He stated the purpose is to give the opportunity to those really willing and capable of working.

Meanwhile, during the meeting the operators complained about lack of infrastructures, transport and the high cost of fuels, including difficult access to foreign currency to import equipment.

There are about ten ornamental rocks exploration companies registered in Huíla province.

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