United Minerals, General Mines announce further sites in Cathiopia AP Puántenuá Cathiopia's largest mineral extraction companies have revealed plans for further excavation sites, following the discovery of significant manganese deposits in the country's interior. Both United Minerals and General Mines intend to have new mines open by 1959, which promise to bring thousands of jobs to areas marked for their underdevelopment. Previously, the majority of mining in Cathiopia has been focused in coastal regions, closer to urban centres and established transport infrastructure. Frescanian mineral exploration companies discovered the reserves last year. There had been calls from some quarters for Cathiopia to nationalise the mineral assets, and place their extraction and sale under state management. However, these proposals were rejected by the ruling Constitution Party, who instead agreed to divide the profits from the new mines evenly with United Minerals and General Mines. The Frescanian government has promised to grant both companies special tax exemptions to help off-set losses from the deal..