Thursday, 6 March 2008

`Big firms render 400,000 artisanal gold miners jobless`

From IPP Media, Dar es Salam
By Correspondent Felister Peter

A Total of 400,000 artisanal miners have been thrown out of work due to a multiplicity of multinational gold mining companies since the 1990s, a study has revealed.

The study, carried out by a non-governmental organisation, Reference Group, says this has been possible because the law and policies governing the mining sector allow mining companies to employ an unlimited number of foreigners compared to a minimum of five people in other sectors.

The newly-launched study report called `A Golden Opportunity - How Tanzania is Failing to Benefit from Gold Mining`, shows that at least each of the mining companies has between 6 and 9 per cent of its workers from abroad.

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