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FEATURE: Malawi villagers search river in new gold rush

AFP, NATHENJE, Malawi

Salima said the quality of gold at Nathenje and five other sites in Malawi was not known and more exploration was needed, as the gold in the river silt had been washed downstream from its source.

British colonial rulers undertook a geological survey in 1960, shortly before Nyasaland — as it was then known — became independent Malawi, but little surveying has been done since.

Percy Maleta, chairman of the Nyasa Mining Coop, said the authorities had to end illegal gold mining and develop a long-term strategy to exploit the reserves successfully.

“We have been lobbying government to train local miners so that they can form cooperatives or mining clubs. This will ensure that they are better equipped and able sell the gold on the formal market,” Maleta said. “Buyers smuggle the gold out of the country using illegal routes so Malawi is losing a lot of our gold.”

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