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The Chanzo Morning Briefing Tanzania News – March 22,2024

In our briefing today: Tanzania inches closer to becoming Africa's critical minerals hub with new refinery license to Lifezone Metals; Tanzania plans high-resolution survey to 30 percent of it's land to boost mining ; Foregrounding human dignity is key to protecting indigenous peoples’ rights in protected areas;

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Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

Tanzania inches closer to becoming Africa’s critical minerals hub with new refinery license to Lifezone Metals

Tanzania has granted Tembo Nickel, a subsidiary of Lifezone Metals and the operator of the Kabanga Nickel project, a license for a multi-metal processing facility. Under this license, Tembo Nickel will establish a processing facility in Kahama at the Buzwagi Special Economic Zone to refine nickel, copper, and cobalt.

A large share of the mineral to be processed is expected to come from the Kabanga Nickel project, the world’s largest and highest-grade nickel sulfide deposits. It is estimated that the deposit contains approximately 44 million tons, with an average in-situ nickel grade of 2.61%, along with 0.35% copper and 0.19% cobalt.

Speaking in Dodoma during the formal ceremony of receiving the license Lifezone Metal CEO, Chris Showalter said the announcement is proof of the dedication and work required to bring Tembo Nickel mine and refinery from plan and vision to reality.

“Our goal is to maximize the value of Nickel, copper, and cobalt right here with Tanzanian’s hands shaping Tanzania’s future,” explained Mr. Showalter.

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Tanzania plans high-resolution survey to 30 percent of it’s land to boost mining

Tanzania plans to conduct a high-resolution airborne geophysical survey covering 30 percent of its land in the financial year 2024/25 to boost the mining sector’s contribution to the economy.

This was revealed by the Tanzanian Minister of Minerals, Anthony Mavunde, on March 21, 2024, during a function to handle new licenses to stakeholders in the country.

“We have completed a high-resolution geophysical survey covering 16 percent of the land. In the upcoming financial year, we will embark on a major project to conduct such surveys over an area of 165,000 square kilometers, this will increase the area covered to 30 percent of the land,” explained the Minister.

Mavunde elaborated that the country has already completed geological mapping for 97 percent of its territory, accompanied by a low-resolution geophysical survey covering 100 percent of the land.

“We have already deployed drones in Shinyanga, Geita, and Dodoma. With only 16 percent of the geophysical surveys completed, the mining sector’s contribution to the economy has shown significant growth. Just imagine the impact when we conduct high-resolution surveys covering three times the current area,” Mavunde added.

The Minister further disclosed that the mining sector now accounts for 9 percent of the country’s GDP, with 56 percent of total exports originating from mining activities.

Additionally, it was revealed that in the previous financial year, mining companies contributed approximately 2.1 trillion in tax revenues, while the government collected around 476 billion from mineral sales within the country.

Moreover, mining companies have procured goods and services worth USD 1.4 billion from Tanzanian businesses.

Foregrounding human dignity is key to protecting indigenous peoples’ rights in protected areas

Human dignity has long been a subject of great interest in various disciplines. It is widely considered the foundation of modern international law. 

This explains why the United Nations Charter reaffirms the indispensability of respecting “the dignity of the human person” as a precondition to saving “succeeding generations the scourge of war, which… has brought untold sorrow to mankind.” 

Similarly, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), considered the most influential normative document in the world, confirms that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and that recognition of dignity is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace.

The inclusion of respect for human dignity in constitutions of countries from civil and common law traditions, accompanied by robust court jurisprudence generated by courts of records, is a testament to the UDHR’s unparalleled normative influence and inspiration. 

For example, Article 9(f) of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania of 1977, as amended occasionally, obliges the state to ensure that “human dignity is preserved and upheld in accordance with the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” 

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