13 August 2014

Tanzania: Buhemba Artisanal Miners Get Blocks in a Bid to End Conflicts

IN a bid to end conflicts among miners in Buhemba, Butiama District, the government has allocated mining sites for them. This was revealed by Butiama District Commissioner, Ms Anjeline Mabula, in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, adding that miners were required to form cooperatives to make the process easier.

"The miners have formed four cooperatives, each of which has at least ten active members and more than nine hectares have been set aside for them. We expect that they will no longer invade sites belonging to large-scale miners," she said.

Last year, small-scale miners protested and invaded a mining site owned by the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO), which prompted the government to pledge in parliament that it would issue them with their own mining blocks.

Understanding the importance of the sector, the government has since 2009/10 set aside a budget to support small-scale mining activities by extending loans to smallscale miners with a view to enabling them procure equipment and add value to their minerals.

Ms Mabula said that all the cooperatives were verified and approved and every miner had been given a licence, which had helped to diminish conflicts in the area.

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