North Mara Gold Mine

North Mara Gold Mine

The North Mara Gold Mine has spent over 86m/- on clean and safe water for neighbouring local communities over the past four months, the company said in its latest report.

“This is a short time project   meant to solve shortage of water problems in the surrounding villages”, said part of the report which was recently  submitted to the Mara

Regional Consultative Committee (RCC).The project benefits hundreds of women residing at Nyangoto and Kewanja villages, according to the report. The mine uses a truck to supply 90,000 litres of clean and safe water to hundreds of villagers free of charge every day.  “This project started in August last year  had consumed 86,400,000/- by December.

This project is also supporting funeral events   at Kerende and Matongo villages”, the report said. The mine has also drilled 16 boreholes in a bid to improve water supply in the neghbouring villages in the recent months. “The target is to drill six boreholes in every village  and this is  three years programme that will  cost over 3bn/-”, the report whose copy was made available to the ‘Daily News’ on Sunday  said.

These are part of the efforts  made  by the Mine’s General Manager, Mr Basie Maree,  in  attempt to  find a lasting  solution on  perennial conflicts  between the mine and local communities. “I would like to see women and children with access to drinking water every day and children going to school so that they can have an opportunity to improve their lives”, Mr Maree has worked at the mine for less than a year and he is described by local leaders and ordinary people as the first General Manager who has shown commitment to create good relationship between them and the mine.

His management has witnessed decreasing of  frequent conflicts that were in the past experienced by the mine which is operated by African Barrick Gold (ABG).

By MUGINI JACOB, Tanzania Daily News

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