South Sudan will delay the start of gold mining by a year from its planned date in 2016, due to fighting between rival political groups in the world’s newest country, reports Engineering News.
South Sudan is attempting to diversify its economy away from oil by exploiting its gold deposits. It may also have reserves of other minerals such as copper, uranium and clay, which it hopes to exploit with the help of investors. ‘There are a lot of applications coming in ... not only for gold but also copper, marble and limestone from Kapoeta (town) for production of cement,’ Andu Ezbon Adde, undersecretary for mining in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, said following a meeting with Australian government officials.
Loisa Cass, first secretary at the Australian High Commission in Juba, said South Sudan’s mining sector had potential but required legislation to create a legal foundation.
Source: Engineering News