Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: ABG Spends Sh600 Million On Community Programmes

AFRICAN Barrick Gold (ABG) has invested over 600m/- to improve education and provide water services in eight villages at Bulyanhulu at its Bulyanhulu Gold Mine Limited (BGML).

It handed over to the Kahama District Commissioner, Mr Benson Mpesya, four water boreholes, 18 classrooms and four teachers' offices to communities around Bulyanhulu gold mine.

BGML General Manager Peter Burger said they were thrilled to witness their partnership with villages in providing five classrooms and one teachers' office at Buyange Primary School.

"We have also handed over six classrooms at Ibanza Primary School, seven classrooms and three teachers' offices at Igwamanoni Primary School," he said during the handing over ceremony.

Moreover, he added, they also gave the District commissioner four boreholes; one at Kakola Primary School, one at Namba Tisa village, one between Buyange and Ibanza villages and one at Ilogi village.

"We are happy to see into it that our ongoing mutual cooperation with community members and their leaders has led to this accomplishment," he said adding that:

"Our plan was to drill ten boreholes but some of the initial hydrological surveys were misleading as three bole holes failed to yield water," he added.

BGML is committed to working with local communities, individuals and other organizations to foster the social and economic well being of its neighbours.

For the past 12 years, BGML had been drilling water boreholes in its vicinity communities, while improving education infrastructures by donating building materials and other support.

In June 2013, BGML donated 1,329 desks to primary schools, which alleviated the problem of pupils having to sit on floors.

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