Source: DailyNews

SEVEN regions will soon have mineral exploration and processing centres, thanks to a strategy that the government has devised to promote mining activities in the country.

The government has through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals worked out the strategy to upgrade the capacity of small scale miners in the country to conduct profitable mining activities.

The ministry’s Project Manager, Ms Veronica Nangale, told the ‘Daily News’ at the ongoing Nanenane Agricultural Fair at Ngongo Grounds here that for many years small scale miners have been using traditional methods to process minerals.

She, however, described the traditional mining as unfriendly to both environment and artisans’ health.

“Many artisan miners have been using environmentally unfriendly and hygienically dangerous traditional methods to process minerals,” charged Ms Nangale with a concern, noting that the government has resolved to establish processing centres in various regions to equip miners with modern mining and processing skills.

The mineral centres, according to Ms Nangale, are planned for Tanga, Mara, Shinyanga, Mpanda, Kagera and Mtwara.

She said the government will next month release 3 million US dollars (about 7bn/-) as grants to small scale miners’ phase III that aims at developing small-scale mining activities in the country. She said the World Bank has already assured to give the money, noting that the amount will be distributed to different groups of artisan miners in the country, with women groups allocated 30 per cent of the total fund. The manager added that the funds will also be used to develop the seven centres.

She said that women involved in small-scale mining activities, logging and mining jewelry sculpture will also benefit from the grant that seeks to increase the number of women in the country’s blossoming mining industry.

“We expect the grants to move miners into the extraction medium level that brings more productivity to the nation,” she commented, urging small miners to join into groups to benefit from the grants.

Ms Nangale said the grants will never go to individuals, challenging miners to cooperate with the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO) in writing successful proposals and applications for grants. She, however, said that this time around the ministry will provide equipment to qualified groups or an individual artisan instead of giving cash.

“In the previous years, we were providing them with cash, but we have realised that some were misusing and mismanaging the money ... we have therefore opted to go through their proposals and offer them the required equipment for mining,” she said.

She added: “Up to 90 per cent of the grant will be offered in terms of equipment, the remaining 10 per cent can be in the form of cash.”

| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 |



Mining industry must spread social and environmental progress to small-scale mines

  1. Artisanal and small-scale mines, normally operating in the informal economy, produce a big chunk of the minerals we use every day -- about a fifth of the world's gold produced each year, for example. …
  2. {read by 20 people}


Artisanal miners being duped

  1. Fidelity Printers and Refiners (FPR) said on Monday artisanal miners, who are contributing significantly to the country's gold production, were being duped by middle-men who are buying the yellow meta…
  2. {read by 33 people}


How a young German director documented illegal gold mining in Ghana

  1. Filmmaker Johannes Preuss has received a student Oscar for his film, "Galamsey," which was shot in Ghana and looks at the illegal gold trade there. DW met him to discuss how the country could "turn in…
  2. {read by 53 people}


Gold war in Colombia: traditional miners against the state

  1. Luz Dary has spent more than half of her life in the mine. This 47-year-old Colombian woman is a chatarrera, a scrap collector: she toils away, every day, from six in the morning to six at night, alon…
  2. {read by 54 people}


Daily Grind: Women Stone Crushers Feed Demand for Construction in Kenya

  1. KISII, KENYA - On a fine afternoon in Nyantitira village, about 192 miles (310 km) west of Nairobi, Gladys Nanzala emerges from her house armed with a spade, a bucket and a few sacks. She is heading b…
  2. {read by 49 people}


SA's influence felt in start of African tin mine

  1. Two global events have led to development of a long-dormant deposit at Bisie - in thick forest in the war-torn corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo - in what will become Africa's only formal tin…
  2. {read by 72 people}



khjg