Report | Mozambique Mineral / Mining Scan

A report on the mineral and mining sector of Mozambique, the purpose of this report is to update projects carried out previously in the area for the Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) programme by Mintek. Although the project deals with spatial development initiatives that go beyond the borders of Mozambique, the central focus of the work is on Mozambique. Mining only contributed 2% of GDP in Mozambique in the past, however a significant growth is expected from 2010, since Mozambique’s mineral industry is expected to experience substantial expansion across a wide range of commodities in the short to medium term. Work done some years ago on the spatial development initiatives showed that significant potential existed in Mozambique for mineral development. The rich coal resource was seen as an opportunity that could be opened through the rebuilding of the Sena rail. The Mozambican government has been proactive in following through with the proposals put forward in these reports and the first major projects are now paying off. Favourable mining legislation, a committed administration and competitive royalty rates has seen government issuing 1,000 licences for exploration of minerals. 2011 can be seen as a pivotal year. Coal production will rise to 2 Mtpa and tantalum as well as ilmenite production is expected to increase and Minister Esperança Bias has been reported as saying that the contribution of the mining industry to GDP might increase to 12%.

Chris Callaghan with Contributors: Deborah Spicer, Bo Giersing, Thomas Zulu, Wayne Taylor, Peter Willoughby and Kerry Callaghan
Commissioned by TradeMark Southern Africa
November 2011


Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here