TV Report: Jamba and Porto Alexandre Mines (1970, RTP)

View of the Jamba mining complex. Click on the image to see the TV report.

Documentary on the development of the mining industry in Angola, produced in 1970 by Rádio e Televisão Portuguesa under the Angola 70 series. The richness of Angola’s natural resources and their economic and strategic importance are highlighted. The report begins with the mining complex located in Vila da Jamba and its situation in the mining region in southern and central Angola, and then shows the rail transport of the ore from Jamba and Matala to Porto Alexandre (today Tombwa, Namibe).

Map of the mining region of south-central Angola, shown in the report.

Mining and quarrying activity continues to be very present in southern Angola, and continues to shape its landscape through its extractive activities and the infrastructure it develops (see, for example, Mendelsohn 2019). In this sense, it is a key component to understand the economic, environmental and infrastructural context of drought in Angola, particularly with regard to the demarcation and use of land, and the use of its aquatic and underwater resources.

Entrance to a quarry on the road between Chibia and Chibemba.

The TV report “Minas da Jamba and Porto Alexandre” can be seen in the RTP Online Archives.

References cited:

Mendelsohn, John M. 2019. Landscape Changes in Angola. In Biodiversity of Angola: Science & Conservation: A Modern Synthesis, edited by Brian J. Huntley, Vladimir Russo, Fernanda Lages, and Nuno Ferrand, 123–37. Cham: Springer International Publishing.


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