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Amani Gold completes important shipment amid time of industry change

Thu Dec 05 2019


  • Amani Gold has proven its worth in Tanzania's fast-changing industry as it welcomes stronger regulations and tougher laws to protect workers
  • Amani announced today it completed its first shipment from Tanzania, to Hong Kong, through its majority owned "Amago Trading" joint venture
  • This coincides on the heels of Tanzanian President John Magufuli introducing stronger laws to curb illegal trading and dangerous work coming out of Tanzania
  • Tanzania is understood to be Africa's fourth largest gold producer
  • The east-African country recently welcomed a trading "hub", to promote government input and safe legal practice
  • Amago Trading has since opened an office at the trading hub
  • Shares in Amani Gold on the Australian market today are priced at 0.3 cents each — a premium from last close of 25 per cent


Small-cap explorer Amani Gold (ANL) has achieved a significant milestone amid a time of change in Africa's mining industry.


The company revealed today it finished its first shipment from east-African country, Tanzania, to a refinery in Hong Kong.


This shipment was completed through Amani's Geita-based joint venture company, Amago Trading. This joint venture allowed the company to secure a gold dealer licence in Tanzania earlier this year in November.


Securing a gold dealing licence in Tanzania has never been so important, as the country has undergone significant mining industry changes to mitigate dangers and illegal trading.


"Amani is pleased that we have completed our first ever shipment of gold to Hong Kong," Amani Gold Managing Director Jacky Chan said.


"This first trade was nearly eight months in the making and represents a proof of concept."

Tanzania's illegal and dangerous mining


Tanzania is tragically at the centre of frequent illegal gold mining and dangerous local work. Tanzania alone is Africa's fourth largest gold producer. The Geita district contributes 40 per cent of Tanzania's gold.


In 2015, 19 workers were killed after an illegal mining tunnel collapsed in Tanzania. Even mining operations that are legal in the country, still operate on large cost cutting reductions that result in poor ventilation and low quality treatment of employees.


Tanzanian President John Magufuli imposed new laws on the industry in 2017 to strengthen the standards of practice. These laws included higher taxes on mineral exports and paving the way for more government input.

Bring in the hub


This past year saw Tanzania welcome its first ever international minerals trading "hub" in Geita's rich gold district. This one stop centre welcomes buyers, miners, government offices, banks, and dealers.


Independent and local miners in Tanzania produce roughly 20 tonnes of gold per year each in Tanzania. According to Amani Gold, up to 90 per cent of this gold is sold illegally.


The trading hub in Tanzania will assist miners in seeking the proper legal route to operate properly within the industry.


This initiative follows similar campaigns by the governments in Botswana and South Africa.


The Federations of Miners Association of Tanzania estimates there are more than 6 million small scale miners across the East-African country. Reportedly, more than AU$2.19 billion was exported out of Tanzania in 2018.


Since the trading hub was opened, Amago opened an office on the site.


Shares in Amani Gold on the Australian market today are priced at 0.3 cents each — a premium from last close of 25 per cent.