Over 190 mining firms lose licences

The government has at last revoked 191 licences of mining exploration companies -- local and international -- after they failed to conform to the established laws and regulations in the sector. 

The nullification of the licences was officially effected in October this year, whereby 888 firms were put into scrutiny.

According to official information from the ministry of Energy and Minerals, the affected companies by the decision are in two categories. 

The first comprised 54 firms which had had their licences expired and had not fulfilled conditions served to them; the second comprised 137 companies that failed to comply with the conditions given including paying the relevant dues.   

Most of the companies in the category of 54 firms were based in Dar es Salaam, followed by Arusha, Morogoro, Tanga and Dodoma regions.

While firms falling in the category of the 137 companies most were based in Dar es Salaam.

Licences of the first category of companies were issued between 2009 and 2011, whereby 27 out of 54 firms received the slap only a year after having received clearance to operate; 26 were two years old and 6 were three years old. In the second category, the firms were issued with licences between 2008 and 2010.

Earlier, local newspapers reported that the ministry of Energy and Minerals had issued a 30-day notice to some companies to renew their licences, failure of which could lead the revocation of their permits.
Source: The Citizen, http://www.thecitizen.co.tz, reported by Felix Lazaro in Dar es Salaam 
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