On Wednesday, a small miner from Tanzania became a millionaire overnight after selling two gemstones of tanzanite, the largest ever found in the country.
Saniniu Laizer, 52 years old, announced that he was going to shoot down one of its 2 000 cows and build a school to celebrate. The two gemstones of blue violet dark weighed a total of 33 pounds. He sold it to 7,74 billion tanzanian shillings ($3.4 million us).
“There will be a great feast tomorrow,” said Laizer, in Manyara region, to the BBC. “I want to build a shopping center and a school. I want to build this school near me. There are a lot of poor people here who do not have the means to take their children to the school. ”
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“I am not educated but I like the way things are conducted in a professional manner “, he added. “So I would like my children to lead the company in a professional manner. ”
The BBC reported that it had more than 30 children.
Laizer was used to extract the two stones weighing as 20.3 and 12.7 pounds last week, before the sale Wednesday at a business event. The previous record for a gemstone of tanzanite was around 7.3 pounds, according to the news organisation.
The tanzanite would be a precious stone found only in the northern region of the country. It would be used to make ornaments – its rarity is determined by the clarity or color definition, reported by the BBC.
“The event today … is to recognize the two largest gemstones tanzanite of the story from the beginning of mining in Mirerani,” said Simon Msanjila, permanent secretary of the ministry of Mines at a ceremony in the region of Manyara in northern Tanzania, according to the Guardian.
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The tanzanian president John Magufuli has even called to congratulate Laizer on live television.
“It is a confirmation that Tanzania is rich,” said Magufuli.
Magufuli had ordered the military to build a wall around a mining site in Manyara in 2017 – seen as the only source of tanzanite in the world, with a supply estimated to be in 20 years, said a geologist at the BBC.
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Last year, Tanzania has developed shopping centers to allow the artisanal miners, as Laizer, to sell their gems and their gold to the government. Many would have mine to hand without any affiliation to mining companies.