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Mining sector is a solution for young people who cannot find jobs in the cities

The unemployment rate continues to be a worrying factor in the country. The offer is scarce and young people have to fight harder and harder for their first job. This is the case of Casemiro Zereferino, Manuel, Amilton da Cunha, and Jamila Kiteculo, who decided to roll up their sleeves and look for opportunities far from the city, having found jobs in the mining sector.

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The young people all work away from home in the Chipindo Gold Mining Project.

Casemiro Zereferino is one of the young people who moved away from the city to work. Born in Lubango and with family in Caluquembe, the 24-year-old got a job six months ago as a "batedor", which consists of taking mineral samples and testing them before extraction.

Quoted in a note posted on Facebook by the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, the young man explained that he received the offer from DEMANG and did not hesitate: "I accepted it and today I can support my family with dignity.

In the same boat is Manuel, a 26-year-old who got his first job almost a year ago.

The young man says he values his work "as an asset not to be lost. A native of Chipindo, where he has family, Manuel admits that the job has enhanced him in the family and in society. "Here we learn every day," he added.

Still new to the mining area, Amilton da Cunha, from Benguela, is 34 years old and has been working in the industry for two months as an excavator operator.

He says it is a "new and pleasurable experience", adding that only he and his family "can describe the value of his job".

For her part, Jamila Kiteculo is a native of Porto Amboim. At 28, the young woman says she was born to be a geologist.

A graduate from England, the geologist said she is not bothered by the fact that she works far from the city and her family: "I prepared myself since high school to work in the field. When I chose the course I became aware that the geologist's work is in the countryside, far from the comfort of the city," she indicated.

Jamila Kiteculo is the project's production geologist and the only woman responsible for "guiding the disassembly of the waste rock until it reaches the ore, preparing the benches, guiding the extraction of the ore, doing blanding according to the various levels of mineralization," among others.

Asked what it is like to be a young woman in a mine and the only one leading a male team, Jamilia said that this is a challenge she has trained for and one that gives her "pleasure."

"My dream is to have the mine dominated by women, to set an example and show that we can also contribute decisively to transform what nature hides underground into real wealth," she indicated.

Working less than half a year on the project, the young woman did her end-of-course internship at this mine. "To my amazement, a year later I was invited to come and work as a permanent employee, and I accepted the challenge," she added.

The young people showed happiness for the work they do and appealed to the rest of the young people to study and look for opportunities "away from the city.

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