A miner from Tanzania made another record-breaking discovery of one of the world’s rarest gemstones this month, carrying a 14-pound gemstone worth $ 2 million, according to a report.
Saniniu Laizer, 52, became a millionaire overnight in June after selling two blue-purple tanzanite gems believed to be the largest ever found in the country. Weighing a total of 33 pounds, he sold them for 7.74 billion Tanzanian shillings (3.4 million US dollars).
Laizer announced he would slaughter one of his 2,000 cows, throw a big party and invest in the local community after finding the two record stones earlier this summer, according to the BBC.
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“There will be a big party tomorrow,” said Laizer, from the Manyara region. “I want to build a shopping center and a school. I want to build this school near my home. There are many poor people here who cannot afford to take their children to school. ”
“I’m uneducated but I like things to run professionally. So I would like my children to run the business in a professional manner, ”he continued.
The BBC reported he had four wives and more than 30 children.
Although a party is not on his schedule this time around, Laizer said on Monday that he would pursue his dream of using the money to build a school, as well as a health facility in his community – located in the northern Manyara region.
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Tanzanite is said to be a gemstone found only in the northern region of the country. It would be used to make ornaments – with its rarity defined by clarity or definition of color.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli ordered the military to build a wall surrounding a mining site in Manyara in 2017 – considered the world’s only source of tanzanite – with its supply estimated to be depleted within 20 years, said a geologist at the press organization.
Last year, Tanzania established shopping malls to allow artisanal miners, like Laizer, to sell their gems and gold to the government. Many are said to have mined by hand without any affiliation with mining companies. Following his recent discovery, Laizer encouraged other small-scale miners to work for the government.
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“Selling to the government means there are no shortcuts,” he said at a ceremony celebrating his discovery in the northern Mirerani mine, according to the BBC. “They are transparent. “