QUARRYING BANNED OM MOZAMBIQUE’S UMBELUZI VALLEY

MAPUTO, The Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Leticia Klemens, has banned all quarrying and sandpit operations along the Umbeluzi valley in Maputo province.

The independent television station, STV, reports that Klemens visited sandpits and quarries along the river banks last Friday and Saturday and was angered by what she found. One quarry operator, in Namaacha district, had even diverted the river from its normal course in order to serve his own commercial interests.

Klemens warned that, from now on, inspectors will guarantee that operators do not damage the environment. The inspection will be very tough. There was a time when we went soft in order to give an opportunity to Mozambican businesses but that phase is now over. Now Mozambicans must prove that they are good business people and that they have the potential to operate in this area, she stressed.

The increase in civil construction projects in Maputo has led to a growing demand for sand and stone for building purposes and in order to meet this demand, quarry and sandpit operators have been putting great pressure on the environment in the Umbeluzi Valley.

Klemens issued her warning at a meeting with mining associations and operators after her tour of the area. She urged the businesses to think not only of their own interests but of those of future generations as well. She said those who affected by the ban would be given new areas of operations, where they would not affect river beds or river banks.

Klemens told the media that some of the problems identified at the meeting arose from a lack of communication. She said this constraint would be overcome, and the authorities and the mining operators would remain in regular contact.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

QUARRYING BANNED OM MOZAMBIQUE’S UMBELUZI VALLEY

MAPUTO, The Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Leticia Klemens, has banned all quarrying and sandpit operations along the Umbeluzi valley in Maputo province.

The independent television station, STV, reports that Klemens visited sandpits and quarries along the river banks last Friday and Saturday and was angered by what she found. One quarry operator, in Namaacha district, had even diverted the river from its normal course in order to serve his own commercial interests.

Klemens warned that, from now on, inspectors will guarantee that operators do not damage the environment. The inspection will be very tough. There was a time when we went soft in order to give an opportunity to Mozambican businesses but that phase is now over. Now Mozambicans must prove that they are good business people and that they have the potential to operate in this area, she stressed.

The increase in civil construction projects in Maputo has led to a growing demand for sand and stone for building purposes and in order to meet this demand, quarry and sandpit operators have been putting great pressure on the environment in the Umbeluzi Valley.

Klemens issued her warning at a meeting with mining associations and operators after her tour of the area. She urged the businesses to think not only of their own interests but of those of future generations as well. She said those who affected by the ban would be given new areas of operations, where they would not affect river beds or river banks.

Klemens told the media that some of the problems identified at the meeting arose from a lack of communication. She said this constraint would be overcome, and the authorities and the mining operators would remain in regular contact.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK