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Due to its geological framework, Rukwa region is endowed with abundant mineral deposits of different kinds including precious metals, base metals, gemstones, industrial minerals and building materials. Table below shows types of minerals and the locations in Rukwa region:
Minerals of Rukwa and their locations.
||Kasanga and Kapapa
||Kasanga and Kirando areas on the Lake Tanganyika shores
||Kalambo and Nkasi.
||Titanium and Zirconium
||Ntemba and Mkwamba areas
||Mlombo a few km East of Lake Kwela
||Katuka, Chala and Kantawa
||Sumbawanga DC, Nkasi
||Nzombo located a few km north of Matala Village
||Mkombe area located north of Kabwe Village on the shores of Lake Tanganyika
||Green Tour- maline
||Chala, Swaila, Lyele, and Tam- baruka in Mkwamba ward.
||Northeast of Kasu and north of Lyazumbi
||Muze, Namwele and Nkomolo areas
||Sumbawanga DC Sumbawanga MC Nkasi
||Along the Sumbawanga - Ka-
||Mbuga/ Namwele located 19.3 Km from Sumbawanga town
Although sulphur is not being mentioned, there are indications of the mineral being available in Sumbawanga Municipal area. Hard rocks and sand are plentiful for building materials. Except for the quantity of coal which is estimated to be 18 million metric tons, there is no information on approximate quantities of other various minerals in the region. The mineral exploration and prospecting activities that have been done in the region is very minimal. Large numbers of the mineral occurrences are still unevaluated.
There are about 33 Prospecting Licenses (PLs) held by different companies in the region but only eleven PLs are working actively.There are 35 valid Primary Prospecting Licenses (PPLs) for prospecting various types of minerals in Rukwa Region. Small scale mineral prospectors help a lot to discover new occurrences of minerals and sometimes result into a mineral rush.
There are 215 personnel with valid Primary Mining Licenses (PML) for Small Scale Mining in Rukwa Region.There are different types of minerals (gemstones, coal and building materials). Sumbawanga District has 96 PMLs and Nkasi District 21 PMLs.A large number of these licenses are not active due to lack of capital.
Large scale coal mining has started in Sumbawanga Rural District. A company named Upendo Group Ltd operating from Sumbawanga ventured in coal mining from 2004. Weka The firm has identified possible markets for a total of 6,000 tons per month but the company has no equipment for production of the same. There is an opportunity for investing in supply of mining equipment and transportation facilities.