The third leg of ‘The Royal Tour’ documentary, featuring Samia Suluhu Hassan, we get to see the Tanzanian Head of State taking onto Tanzanite Mining activities in the Mirerani Hills of Simanjiro.
While for James Bond ‘Diamonds are Forever,’ President Samia Suluhu feels that Tanzanite reserves may not last that long.
… At least, not with irresponsible mining. She therefore appealed to miners in Mirerani to extract the gemstones ores at Mirerani with utmost care.
The head of state filmed ‘The Royal Tour’ episodes in the Tanzanite quarries and later do the same with similar mineral activities in Mwanza where Samia is to cover the Gold and Diamond mines in the Lake Victoria Zone.
Reports indicate that there could be 1760 million tons of Tanzanite yet to be lifted from underground, meaning the rare gemstones can still be mined in the next 25 years or so.
A few years ago, former President, the late John Magufuli, had stated, that the Tanzanite in Mirerani is being extracted at the rate of 54 tons per year.
With the possibility that Mirerani holds nearly 2 trillion tons of the rare blue gemstones reserves, it may take up to 2042, for the entire reserves to be totally depleted. Or less if handled badly.
As for gold, recent Parliamentary Committee findings indicate that Buzwagi and Bulyanhulu goldmines in the Lake Zone might be producing an annual 223 metric tons of gold, enough to place Tanzania among the top global gold producers.
A few years back, the Judge Mark Bomani committee probe team reported that Tanzania had reserves of 2,222 metric tons of gold, waiting to be exploited.
China leads in annual gold production, averaging 450 metric tons a year, followed by Australia with the 270 metric tons, according to 2016 data released by the World Gold Council.
South Africa is the only country on the continent ranked, in top-ten (9th), among the leading global gold producers, despite the fact that Johannesburg’s gold production stands at a measly 140 metric tons a year.