Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

30 November 2012

Tanzania: Mantra Tanzania Takes Uranium Sensitization Drive to Songea

MANTRA Tanzania has embarked on public awareness campaign on peaceful and economical uses of uranium resource.

The campaign has started with a seminar in Songea for members of the Ruvuma Regional Consultative Council (RCC). The seminar that was officiated by the Ruvuma Regional Commissioner, Mr Said Mwambungu attracted other stakeholders from Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC), National Environment Management Council (NEMC), Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) and Mantra Tanzania.

Speaking at the event, Mantra Tanzania Managing Director Asa Mwaipopo said the seminar was part of the company's awareness drive that seeks to create public awareness on uranium mining, adding that uranium from Mkuju River Project will be used as per the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to which Tanzania is a signatory.

"The main peaceful use of uranium in the world is production of uranium fuel used to produce electricity from nuclear reactors," said Mr Mwaipopo, noting that currently there are 437 Nuclear reactors in the world producing 375,000 Megawatts of electricity, about 15 per cent of the total world electricity production.

"Nuclear energy is clean, cost efficient and statistically proven safe," said Mr Mwaipopo. He said the Mkuju Uranium Project will cement partnership between the government and the projects' investors, affirming that Mantra Tanzania is committed to establishing a long-lasting relationship with the government and local communities surrounding the project.

Presenting a paper, an official with Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC), Mr Kawala said the levels of radiation in mining environment are measured and monitored, saying so far the Mkuju River Project remains within the normal range and that there was nothing alarming.

Dr Madoshi Makene, an Environment Officer from the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) said there is need for sustainable projects that meet today's needs without compromising the environment for the future generation.

Namtumbo Member of Parliament Vita Kawawa emphasized that it was important for the mining projects to ensure that communities where such mines are located are in position to benefit from the operations of such mines.

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