Swaziland: Diamond Mining Sector Soon to Impact Economy

Mining and Exploration
17/07/2015 09:55

Swaziland's mining sector is one area that will soon make a huge contribution to the economy of the country. David Kunene, speaking on behalf of the acting principal secretary at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, said that Swaziland is taking the necessary steps to abide by the mining standards of diamond mining in the country. “Swaziland is on the right path to increase pace in participating fully in order to gain full benefits of the mines and minerals sector,” Kunene said. The Commissioner of Mines, Samuel Ntjalintjali, said all the necessary procedures and certification needed for diamond mining in Swaziland had been put in place to allow for the mining of diamond at the currently closed Dvokolwako mine. He cautioned that although this might open job opportunities for Swazis, this does not mean that anyone will be allowed to carry, export or import diamond without abiding by the guidelines as stipulated by the Mines and Minerals Act of 2011.