By Azania Post Reporter
The Simanjiro District Commissioner, Eng. Zephania Chaula has said authorities involved in the construction of the giant concrete fort at the Mirerani Hills in Simanjiro District have started issuing identity cards for people who work in the mines.
The DC was informing the two deputy Ministers for Minerals, Stanslaus Nyongo and Dotto Biteko who visited Mirerani to inspect the ongoing construction works to erect the fort around the Tanzanite mining blocks in Simanjiro, District of Manyara.
Eng. Chaula said, so far 6,000 miners have been issued with such IDs.
The district boss explained that the authorities have directed all quarry owners to provide their employees with official contracts unlike in the past when they used to hire them on temporary basis.
He said as of now the owners have already issued contracts to 2,000 miners.
Earlier the Commanding Officer in-charge of the construction, Colonel Charles Mbuge said the wall project started in November last year and was scheduled to be completed on the 30th of April 2018.
The deputy ministers applauded the stage of which the construction has reached pointing out that, if the project had been undertaken by private firms, the wall would have taken years to complete and the cost could have been ten times.
Recent reports indicate that Tanzanite Gemstones worth nearly 700 billion/- are smuggled out of the country annually through illegal means with the lot ending up in the neighbouring country of Kenya and to as far as India and South-Africa.
While Kenya handles Tanzanite Minerals valued at USD100million annually and India documents blue gemstones worth USD300million, Tanzania which is the source of the blue gemstones, records USD38million only per year.