BENCHMARKING THE BEST PRACTICES ON ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO MERCURY USE AMONG ASGM-GOLD MINERS AT GEITA IN TANZANIA.

ACCC is leading a delegation of MPs including Hon.Mbwatekamwa, leaders of local governments, leaders of Artisinal gold miners,miners from Busia and Mubende, to benchmark on the best practices on alternatives to mercury use at Geita, Tz. The team has conducted meetings with government officials from the Ministry of Mines, Geita Regional Mining officer, Mines and explosives inspectorate etc. We visited Nsangano Gold Mine project, the most successful in promoting alternatives to mercury use. At Sangano, the alternatives being used are Cynadation, Nelson concetrator, and Shaking table. Despite possessing Primary license, Nsangano exhibits high level responsible mining, environmental compliance,effective chemicals management, strict enforcement of safety and occupational related aspects and above all a well clearly spelt out CSR of 1% of gross value of gold. Uganda, has a lot to replicate from Tz in terms of policies, CSR, strict enforcement of policies and laws, sharing of royalties (6%)of gross value, licensing, monitoring and inspections among others.

Photo taken by ACCC team at Geita in Tanzania