The Deputy Minister for Minerals, Dotto Biteko has issued a 14-day ultimatum for the Katavi and Kapufi gold mines in the Southern Highland of Tanzania to reduce the number of foreign workers and employ locals as required by the country laws.
He issued the directive during a tour at the mining company in Katavi Region to see activities being done at the site.
According to available reports, Katavi and Kapufi gold mines have at least 48 foreign employees with 36 of them performing activities which can be done by locals.
The deputy minister said the government wants to see locals benefit from the sector in all areas including employment.
He ordered the District Commissioner and mineral officer to work on the issue and submit to him the report within two weeks.
Last week, the National Identification Authority (NIDA) in partnership with the ministry of minerals started issuing national identification cards to residents living in the areas, a move aimed at identifying miners operating in areas where the mining is taking place.
"One identification card will be issued by NIDA authorities and the other will be issued by the ministry of minerals," he said adding that the move will ensure that local miners benefit from the natural resources.