19 December 2012

Tanzania: Mining Company Clinches Zero Injury Prize

MANTRA Tanzania has continued to build its reputation in the mining industry, adhering to the highest level of safety standards at its Mkuju River Project (MRP) in Namtumbo district, Ruvuma region.

The company has managed a total of 1,000,000 hours of no Lost Time Injury (LTI) in two years. Mantra Tanzania Managing Director Asa Mwaipopo said in a statement in Dar es Salaam that the achievement testifies to the firm's commitment to safety standards at the work place.

"We have recorded one million hours of no Lost Time Injury (LTI) at our Mkuju River Project, from 522,868 hours recorded last year," he said, describing the achievement as a milestone in the history of the company.

Mr Mwaipopo attributed the milestone achievement to strict adherence to correct safety work procedures as well as assessment of possible hazards and risks before and during each operation.

"Our 'usalama kwanza' (Safety First) slogan has proved effective in developing a common approach and attitude towards safety at work place," he said. Mantra Tanzania has already secured an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) from the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) for its Mkuju River Project and is now waiting for a licence to fully operate the project.

The project will be the first major mining development project within the South Eastern Tanzania and the first uranium mining project in the country. The project is projected to attract Foreign Direct Investment of up to 1 billion US dollars as well as 640 million US dollars in royalty revenues.

Mantra has already invested in local skill development for the youths in communities surrounding its operational areas, with sponsorships for the local youths to study technical education and get employment at the firm.

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