After years of struggling with issues of illicit mining activities, Ngororero district has emerged as the best of thirty districts in fight illegal mining establishing a task force to fight illegal mining activities, with results.
The award was a special category at the first ‘Mining Excellence awards’ held in Rwanda as the country joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Mining Day, this December 3, 2018.
This year’s theme in Rwanda: “Transforming Rwanda’s Mining Sector through Professional Practices That Promote Compliance in Health, Safety and Environmental Standards”
The ceremony also recognized mining companies that have raised the bar for the mining sector through environmental protection, health and safety, modern mining and processing, corporate social responsibility among others.
In the ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AWARD went to Ameki Color Ltd –which was awarded for its initiative to recycle water used in processing minerals. It is also known to have good management of tailing through storage of wastes
HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARD went to SEMIRWA Ltd- which has safe working tunnel which is well accessible and timbered. In a very difficult structure SEMIRWA managed to construct well secured tunnels.
MODERN MINING AND PROCESSING EQUIPMENT AWARD: PIRAN Rwanda Resources Ltd was awarded for having good processing plant and advanced mining equipment.
BEST COMPTOIR AWARD went to Boss Mining which has good mineral exports of various kinds and it has closely worked with mining companies through support either financially or in mineral valuation and it owns mines.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD: GMDC ltd who have participated several times in community activities and initiatives and built an advanced school of 12 classrooms in residents of Mageragere sector, in Kigali.
PROFESSIONAL EXPLORATION AWARD went to MAWARID Ltd which did detailed professional exploration and it was able to identify the proven & unproven mineral reserves in its own concessions. Through this it was able to have a conclusive mining design of open cast design.
CEO Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board, Francis K. Gatare stated that there are major achievements to acknowledge in country’s sector in general.
“As we celebrate can mention the new mining law that came into force last August to address different issues including health & safety, environmental compliance, raised productivity,” Gatare said.
Mining is the second largest export revenue earner in the country with current mineral exports including; Gold, gemstones, cassiterite, coltan, wolfram and tantalum which in 2017 generated $373.4 Million of foreign exchange.
Rwanda targets to generate $600 million this year, $800 million by 2020 and $1.5 billion by 2024 from minerals.