March 16, 2012
Following successful meetings in Johannesburg, with senior generals of the South African Defence Force, Mineseeker has been asked to attend further meetings in Luanda, Angola . The meetings, scheduled for early April, have been arranged by Mineseeker Southern Africa and will take place with the Angolan authorities that are responsible for the landmine clearance in that country.
Angola is one of the most affected countries in Africa with up to 100,000 landmine victim amputees. Estimates of landmines in Angola range between 6 – 20 million. Apart from the obvious direct and crippling effect on the civil population, landmines are having a devastating effect on the Angolan economy. Much of the population has been displaced from homelands and mined areas are unable to produce crops to sustain the local people.
The Angolan Government is committed to eradicate landmines and re-home its people and has recently released funding to build homes in areas that are cleared.
Mineseeker will meet in Luanda with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors involved in the demining program, as a first step towards contract negotiations. Mineseeker will also register an Angolan company, in order to facilitate its commercial arrangements locally.
The technology used by Mineseeker is designed to locate minefields at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional methods. Once located, it is relatively inexpensive to remove landmine. The huge expense of mine clearance is accurately locating the minefields which can cost over $1 million per square Kilometre.
Landmine Monitor recently announced that in 2010, only 200 square kilometres of affected was cleared across the world, at a cost of $637 million – or over $3 million per square kilometre. The United Nations estimate that there are between 200 and 800 thousand square kilometres, in over 70 countries, that are designated as being mined.
MIneseeker is offering aerial surveys at a cost below $150,000 per square kilometre and can survey up to 5 sq k per day, combining ground penetrating radar and photo mosaic technology.
‘This is a major step forward for the company’ commented Group Chief Executive Officer Mike Kendrick, ‘We are delighted that our partnership in South Africa is already moving forward in such a positive manner’.