Slim hopes for trapped Tanzanian miners

[img:Tanzanite_0.jpg|Geologists studying the
mineralisation of
tanzanite in
northern Tanzania
]Arusha, Tanzania --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 01 April, 2008 - Hopes are slim of finding 66 miners trapped after torrential rains flooded a tanzanite mine at Merelani, near the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha, killing at least six workers. The final death toll is therefore likely to exceed 70.

Reuters reports that rescue workers found several bodies on Sunday in the remote, privately-owned mine near the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

“We are still working to see how to recover the other bodies, because personally I don't think there's any hope of finding them alive,”, member of parliament for Simanjiro Christopher Ole Sendeka told Reuters at the scene, adding that there were 66 people in the mine.

Local media report that the government has banned all mining activity in the area – the only place in the world where the violet-blue gemstone tanzanite is found – until the rescue operation is completed.

A Reuters witness said the scene of the flooded mine smelled of decomposing bodies. Volunteer rescuers complained of lack of basic protective gear like face masks and gloves. “Yesterday when we went down, we reached a place where we found dead bodies rotting, and the situation down there is really bad,” mineworker Samuel Chacha told Reuters.”We need help; there is no help here at all.”

Sendeka said the government was doing its best to bring in equipment and seek more help from a nearby mining company.

He revealed there were about 196 people originally in the pits at the time of the tragedy. Local media said the discrepancy in the number of miners had arisen because some miners had failed to register their names before going underground.

Explosions, flooding and suffocation are common causes of death in Tanzania's "wild north", where small-scale independent miners dig remote gem fields in search of the violet-blue tanzanite, prized by jewellery-lovers in wealthy nations. In Tanzania's worst mining disaster, more than 70 people were killed in 1998 when heavy rains caused a mine to collapse.

Opposition to Uganda mining initiative

[img:Uganda%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Elephant in Uganda’s
Queen Elizabeth
National Park
]Kampala, Uganda --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 01 April, 2008 - A strong environmental lobby has rejected the proposed plans to mine limestone in a section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

The allAfrica.com news website quotes Frank Muramuzi – executive director of the National Association of Professional Environmentalists – as saying: “The public and the government are being misled to believe that we are in support of mining in the park, but there are still so many unresolved issues.”

Mine tragedy in Tanzania

[img:Tanzanite%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Underground mining at
Tanzanite One’s Merelani
mine, in Tanzania
]Arusha, Tanzania --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 31 March, 2008 - Tanzanian rescuers are still searching in heavy rains for 59 missing people after a tanzanite mine in the north of the country was flooded, killing at least six workers. The final death toll could therefore exceed 60.

Geita production rising

[img:AngloGold_0.JPG|An aerial view of
the Geita mine
complex in Tanzania
]Mwanza, Tanzania --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 31 March, 2008 - One of the world’s top gold producers – AngloGold Ashanti Limited – expects output at its Geita gold mine in Tanzania to rise 3.7 percent this year, and may spend more than US$10 million (R80 million) on upgrading the project.

Africa to help meet future Indian coal needs

[img:India%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Badarpur coal-fired
plant in New Delhi –
one of Coal India’s
many installations
]New Delhi, India --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 27 March, 2008 - African mining industries – particularly those in South and Southern Africa – may be called on to assist India’s ambitious effort to effect a fivefold increase in the supply of coal by non-State-run producers within four years.

African mining awards

[img:Nedbank%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|A view of the 8 km
overland conveyor system
installed Anglo Coal's
Goedehoop Colliery
]Johannesburg, South AFRICA --- miningreview.com --- 18 March, 2008 - Entries have been invited from across Africa for the third annual Nedbank Capital Green Mining Awards, to be held on 9 October 2008.

A Nedbank media release issued here today explains that the purpose of the awards is to honour African mining and mineral beneficiation operations that have made a significant effort to promote sustainability, either in terms of the integrated approach encapsulated in the concept, or the individual components. Given the broadness of this field, the awards recognising different aspects of sustainability include: the sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and limited resources awards.

Tanzanite One sparkled in 2007

[img:Tanzanite%20%28New%29%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The processing plant
on Block C of Tanzanite
One’s Merelani Mine
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 07 March, 2008 - Tanzanite One Limited – the AIM-listed producer of one of the world’s rarest gems – experienced a highly successful year in 2007 with substantial increases in revenue, production, and particularly profits.

IAMGOLD opts out of Nyakafuru project in Tanzania

[img:IAMGOLD%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The open pit at
Resolute’s Golden Pride
mine in Tanzania
]Toronto, Canada --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 29 February, 2008 - Continuing the rationalisation of its exploration portfolio, IAMGOLD Corporation – a top Canadian mid-tier gold producer, with annual production of close to 1 million ounces from eight operations in Africa, North America, and South America – has opted out of the Nyakafuru gold project in Tanzania.

Anglo American notches record profits

[img:Anglo%20American%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|General view of the
plant at the Finsch
mine of De Beers
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 20 February, 2008 - Global mining and natural resources leader Anglo American plc achieved a record total group operating profit of US$10.1 billion (more than R75 billion) in 2007 – 3% up on the previous year.

Anglo American is involved in platinum group metals, diamonds, coal, base metals, industrial metals, ferrous metals and gold operations. It has projects spread through Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and North America.

MINING IN THE WORLD’S MOST SENSITIVE ENVIRONMENT

Madagascar’s genetic diversity is indicated by the fact that the 1,600 km long by 400 km wide island has 21 distinct families of flora and fauna compared with the next most diverse regions on earth, which have only seven. For example Madagascar’s rare lemurs, of which there are 60 different species, are found only on this island. The country’s ecology is its second biggest source of income after fishing, and Madagascar has a massive eco-tourism potential.

Recently the World Bank did a study as to the value of having parks versus using land in the country for alternative economic uses and found that the optimum use of land where applicable is for ecological purposes from an economic perspective, as the land is agriculturally poor.

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