Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) says the mining of graphite in Malingunde in Lilongwe by an Australian mining firm will negatively affect supply of water in the Capital City.
Minister of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Binton Kutsaira says he is overwhelmed with the progress being made by Mkango Resources at Songwe Hill in Phalombe District as it continues to fast track its Rare Earth mineral exploration.
Mkango Resources is developing a rare earths mine and processing facility in Malawi . Minister Kutsaila in the photo visits the site in Phalombe
Mkango Resources is conducting a bankable feasibility study for rare earth mining at Songwe Hill through its subsidiary Lancaster Exploration.
Kutsaira toured the Phalombe site together with his deputy Mungasulwa Mwambande and Chief Director Oliver Kumbambe, where he expressed his happiness on the level of transparency by Mkango in its operations.
“What I have gathered here is that before the company embarks on any project, they do consult the office of the District Commissioner and community leaders in this area.This is very encouraging as the relationship which the company has built with the communities here and government, removes any questions over any parts of its exploration and future mining processesthe company is undertaking,” Kutsaira said.
He further said the government is 100 percentcommitted to support investors in the mining sector such as Mkango Resources Limited.
Kutsaira said President Peter Mutharika directed the formulation of Malawi Mining Development Corporation (MMDC), whose purpose is to oversee mining and exploration processes in the country.
“This shows how committed and serious the government is to make sure that the mining sector is successful in this country. The MMDC is expected to be established by the end of September and it will act as a regulator of the mining sector and help the government to avoid previous mistakes.In the past investors, have exploited our communities, but through this organization, the government will be able to regulate and provide guidelines to the sector that will provide a win – win situation for both the investor and communities,” he said.
Mkango Resources president Alexander Lemon said the world-wide high technology clean energy electric revolutionwill be a game changer for the rare earth minerals industry and the environment.
Lemon said the recent drilling program last year had given excellent results.
“We have had a60 percent increase in ourMeasured and Indicated resources from the recent drilling results that were released early this year,” Lemon said.
He further said the 60 percent increase in resources may mean greater future annual production and potentially a longer mine life.