Malawi government through the Ministry of Mining has announced it will conduct a series of consultative workshops to solicit views towards the reformation of the minerals legislation.
According to Secretary for Mining Ministry, Leonard Kalindekafe, the Mines and Minerals Act, 1981, which is the legal framework governing the mining sector, is outdated and needs urgent review.
The consultative meetings with relevant stakeholders will punch holes on the much needed changes to the current Act, says Kalindekafe.
Prior to the consultative process, the ministry has, therefore, organized a two-day Mines and Minerals Act review symposium from Wednesday, July 16 to 17 at the Bingu International Conference in Lilongwe.
The symposium will held under theme “Mineral Resources for Socio-Economic Development” and will be presided over by Energy and Mining Minister, Atupele Muluzi.
Meanwhile, Australian mining firm, Sovereign Metals Limited, has discovered a new zone of high-grade flake mineral deposits at Duwi in Lilongwe.
Flake graphite is a naturally occurring form of graphite that is typically found as discrete flakes ranging in size from small, medium to large mesh and commands high demand due to the versatility of use and low supply.
The new zone, named “Duwi Bend” was discovered by mapping and rock-chip sampling followed by a recently completed trench along an excavated road cutting at Duwi.
Natural graphite is in demand for traditional applications such as lubricants, crucibles, coatings, gaskets, consumer electronics, pencils and advanced polymer systems as well as emerging applications in nuclear energy, fuel cell and battery technologies.