Mara — MINISTER for Labour and Employment Ms Gaudensia Kabaka has hailed African Barrick Gold (ABG) for creating thousands of jobs in the country.
"As the minister for Labour I am impressed with jobs being created by ABG as well as the company's investment on social services", the Minister remarked on Thursday shortly after a working tour to the North Mara Gold Mine and the surrounding villages where she inspected several community initiated projects executed with support of the mine.
North Mara is one of the country's largest gold mines operated by ABG, Tanzanian leading gold producer. It is estimated that ABG has around 1,073 workers at North Mara Gold Mine site and 2,500 more workers employed by local contractors. The ministers held crucial talks with the mine workers for about two hours after inspecting community development projects outside the mine.
She inspected two public primary schools of Nyangoto and Matare which are being relocated from the areas close to the mine at the cost of about 2bn/-. She inspected on-going construction of several modern buildings that included laboratories, classrooms, teachers houses and administration blocks being set up by the mine at Ingwe community ward secondary school.
"I have never visited this mine before this is my first time and what I have been hearing is completely different from what I have seen. For sure I would like to be ABG's witness. But students who will be learning in those schools will be the biggest witnesses", said the minister while launching a 144ml/- project to boost income of artisanal and small scale miners at Nyabichune remote area.
The new project has 70 beneficiaries majority of them women who break stones for a living. North Mara Mine Acting General Manager Mr Marc Luyt said the project is part of the mine's initiatives meant to modernise activities of artisanal and small scale miners. The minister urged residents of villagers living near the mine to continue according to the Canadian miner cooperation to create win-win situation.