Mining & Energy
MIREME launches environmental and social plan for gas and mining sector - Mozambique
The Mozambican government is working to re-activate the graphite processing plant in Ancuabe, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, President Filipe Nyusi announced on Friday.
Speaking at a rally in the Meza administrative post, he recalled that Ancuabe’s known mineral wealth includes deposits, not only of graphite, but also of gold and of various precious and semi-precious stones.
“We are working to reactivate your graphite factory”, he told the crowd. “I think that at any moment we shall re-inaugurate the factory. Many Mozambicans will go there to work”.
He urged artisanal miners in the district to organize themselves, so that this small scale mining is done safely “and brings money, rather than deaths as is happening now”.
Mining, Nyusi said, results in revenue for the state through the taxes paid by mining companies, but it also benefits local communities through the social responsibility projects of the companies, expressed in the construction of schools, hospitals and other social facilities. “That’s why we have to cherish these projects”, he said.
Graphite production resumed in Ancuabe in 1994, after foreign investment of about 12 million US dollars. But a few years later the factory was mothballed, because it had no access to the national electricity grid, and it was too expensive to rely on diesel-fired generators to operate the equipment.
But the national grid has now reached Ancuabe, and Nyusi regarded this as a major incentive for the reopening of the graphite processing plant.
As at all his rallies, Nyusi urged his audience to increase production in order to guarantee food security and increase household and national income.
“This is my message and you know it very well”, he said. “Wherever and whenever I am speaking, I always say: Mozambicans, the key to solving our problems lies in our hands. The key is work”.Source: AIM
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