Steve Kisakye, CSR and Community Relations Practitioner/Advisor, Dalberg

Dalberg explains how the company helps guide the Tanzanian government to upgrade its social development and infrastructure.

Dalberg was founded in 2001. What are the key focus areas of the company in Tanzania?

Dalberg considers itself both a global and local company. Under the company’s partnership-based system, every country’s operation is semi-autonomous. In Tanzania we have had a presence for about five years, but we only set up our office this year, mainly operating in a number of development sectors including agriculture, education, finance and health.

I recently joined to lead the work of a new business entity (D. Implement), looking at moving from strategy into implementation. In the program that I lead, we are supporting the government to deliver in a more effective and efficient manner with a focus on the agricultural sector where there have been some significant investments, but without a major transformation in the sector. Our work involves supporting coordination of Ministries that are involved in the agriculture sector and further working closely with government counterparts at a regional level to enhance the delivery of programs. We are currently working in the Mwanza region, and will be expanding into two other regions in the next year.

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Local Companies Gain Competitiveness within Tanzania’s Mining Service Sector

Alongside the well-reputed international players, several home-grown local companies are consistently proving themselves to be competitive, offering additional advantages such as greater expertise in business culture and environment.

By Catherine Howe

Many major international companies servicing the mining sector have a footprint in Tanzania; widely recognized brands either have subsidiaries in the country or, when it comes to equipment and machinery or other products, some have selected distributors. For example, Bell Equipment is dealt exclusively through Mining Agriculture and Construction Services (MACS), which also distributes Liebherr, Terex Finlay, Cummins Engines and Class. Continue reading

Erwin Spolders, CEO, Redavia

Redavia is the African market leader of rental solar for mining.

Could you provide a brief introduction to Redavia and an overview of its presence across Africa?

Redavia rents containerized solar farms to remote industrial off-grid operations, particularly in mining. Our primary market today is Tanzania, followed by Kenya. In mining, we are interested in anything above 1MW of solar capacity, which will include any gold mine in Africa.

We are also working on a few deals in West Africa, which we hope to sign in 2017. To begin with, however, we wanted to set up a core business in one country, anchored by the Shanta Gold project. Redavia is now the largest solar farm operator in Tanzania, with a few further projects in the food processing and utilities sectors.

How does the business environment and infrastructure for energy and renewables in particular compare between Tanzania and other African countries? Continue reading

Charles Rwechungura, Managing Partner, CRB Africa Legal

CRB Africa Legal has carved a niche for itself as the leading Tanzanian law firm representing mining companies.

You have an extensive background in the mining industry and were particularly involved in the 1998 Mining Act. How did this come about, and how did it change Tanzania?

In 1998, the government wanted to open the industry to international investors. There was already a mining act but no corresponding mining policy. Such a policy was therefore put in place to go with a new mining act and a proper fiscal regime to encourage foreign investors. We organized an international summit to discuss the policy, and worked with an international advisory team from London. It took three years to generate the policy. My firm was consulted on how to write the new act, which came into place in 1999. The new act brought big changes – traditionally we were a command economy, with all major economic activity in the hands of the government. After 1999, big companies like Barrick Gold, Ashanti and AngloGold arrived and started prospecting for gold; in the following decade we had six senior miners active in the country.

How was CRB Africa Legal established and where does the mining sector fit into its portfolio? Continue reading

Peter Spora, Head of Exploration, Acacia

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Acacia is optimising its productive gold assets to develop cash flow but is also committed to exploration in both Tanzania and Kenya.

Could you provide a brief overview of Acacia’s East Africa focus in relation to the company’s wider operations?

East Africa, and specifically Tanzania, is the core of our business. We have been active in Tanzania for over 15 years and have three operating mines there; Bulyanhulu, North Mara and Buzwagi. Together, these three mines are expected to produce over 800,000 oz of gold in 2016. In recent years we have also expanded our exploration focus into Kenya, with a project sited on the same greenstone belt as is prevalent in northern Tanzania.

What are the most recent developments and prospects for Acacia’s North Mara and Bulyanhulu operations in Tanzania? Continue reading

Is Tanzania Still an Attractive Investment Destination for Mining?

The country’s stability and the widespread recognition of its wealth of resources have long made Tanzania an attractive investment destination, but unfavorable market conditions and uncertainty around the new government regime have taken their toll.

By Catherine Howe

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Home to a relatively mature mining industry, Tanzania is the fourth largest producer of gold in Africa, following South Africa, Ghana and Mali, with proven reserves of minerals including diamond, tanzanite, ruby, garnet and graphite, and metals such as iron ore, nickel and copper. The country’s stability and the widespread recognition of its wealth of resources have long made Tanzania an attractive investment destination, but unfavorable market conditions and uncertainty around the new government regime have taken their toll on the industry. In particular, the drive to increase the country’s financial return from the mining sector, alongside the perception of the new government’s seemingly impulsive decision making, has unsettled many investors. Continue reading

Henry Ngugi, Managing Director, Atlas Copco Tanzania

Atlas Copco leads the way for equipment suppliers in Tanzanian mining.

Atlas-Copco-BLOGCould you introduce us to Atlas Copco in Tanzania and tell us about the role the branch plays in the wider region?

HN: Atlas Copco has been present in Tanzania since 2003, but we only established a legal entity here in 2007. Since then growth has been quite fast. As part of a 140-year-old multinational group which has pioneered mining technology, we have been able to pass on a lot of experience and specialist knowledge, and a wide range of equipment to the local industry. We are a manufacturer of equipment for Continue reading