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Tanzanian Miner Becomes A Millionaire After Finding Big Gemstones (Photos)

AllNetNews 06/25/2020

Tanzanian miner becomes millionaire after finding gemstones

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A 52-year-old Tanzanian miner won the jackpot. The government gave him a 2.96 million euro check for finding the two largest gemstones in Tanzania’s history, reports the BBC.

The two gems were discovered by Saniniu Laizer in one of the mines in the north of the country. One gem weighed 9.27 kilograms, the other 5.10 kilograms. Tanzanite is a gemstone found mainly in a small northern part of the East African nation. A local geologist says it is one of the rarest gemstones and believes it could be completely used up in the next twenty years.

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The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, himself presented the 2.96 million euro check to Saniniu Laizer. "This discovery confirms that Tanzania is rich," said Magufuli on national television. The value of tanzanite is determined by its rarity and clarity.

“I can walk around at night without any problem”

"Tomorrow there will be a big party," said Saniniu Laizer, who lives in the Simanjiro district of Manyara. “With the money, I want to build a shopping center and a school. There are many poor people here who cannot afford to let their children go to school. ” Saniniu Laizer also claims that despite his newly acquired wealth, he does not need to take any extra precautions. “There is a lot of security. I can walk around at night without any problem ”

Last year, Tanzania established shopping centers across the country where artisanal miners can sell their precious stones and gold. Artisanal miners are not officially employed by mining companies and therefore work independently.

In 2017, the president ordered the military to build a 24-kilometer-long wall around the Merelani mine site in Manyara. A year later, the government reported increased revenues from the mining sector, according to the BBC.

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