The governor of South Darfur, Hamad Ismail Hamad, announced that his government and the Ministry of Mining agreed to open gold selling points in Nyala, the state's capital. He made this announcement during a press conference on Monday, 24 September, in Khartoum.
During the conference, Hamad explained that large quantities of gold are smuggled out of Sudan due to the scarcity of official sales outlets. He revealed that South Darfur produces about 10kg of gold per day.
Hamad also said that about 25.000 young people are currently working in traditional gold mine exploration in four areas of the state.
In addition, the governor demanded that South Darfur's railway line is reopened. He pointed out that transporting one ton of goods by truck costs 8.000 Sudanese pounds (SDG), while by train it would cost only 350 SDG.