The largest tangonite gems in history sold for three million dollars

Saniniu Laizer, 52, a Maasai a small-scale miner and his team found two stones – weighing 9.27 kilograms (20.4 kilograms) and 5,103 kilograms (11.3 kilograms) – on Mererani Hill in Simanjiro County, in the northern province of Manyara. The mining company Laizer employs more than 200 diggers.

He sold stones that have a blue or deep purple color and are in the Tanzania government alone for 7.7 billion Tanzanian shillings ($ 3.3 million).

After a check was awarded last week at a ceremony attended by senior Tanzanian government officials, Laizer said he would spend the money on his community.

“The money I got from the sale of my tanzanite I plan to use to build a school that will support my community and a mall to support my family,” he said on a show on state television network TBC.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli congratulated the miner and said the achievement showed that “Tanzania is a rich country. It actually benefits artisan miners.”

Tanzania it revoked about 5,000 mining licenses and handed them over to small-scale miners to empower Tanzanians, Mineral Minister Doto Biteko said during a broadcast last Wednesday.

Biteko said that smaller miners should not be discouraged by the fact that they do not have modern mining technologies.

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“Tanzanite has been discovered [the] the largest tanzanite in the history of tanzanite mining in our country, so the president had to order us to buy and preserve them [them] until later, when we will decide what we want to do with them, ”Biteko said on the show.

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In recent years, Tanzania has amended its laws to increase its share of the benefits of discovering and selling resources.

As a result, foreign mining companies – including those for gold and graffiti mining – should give the government a 16% stake for free, as required by law.

Deputy Finance and Planning Minister Ashatu Kijaji said the discovery of the stone opens a new era of business for local artisans who will benefit from the country’s resources.

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