Speaking shortly after receiving the donation, Sengerema District Administrative Secretary Allan Augustine expressed his gratitude for the company’s continued contribution to the community in the district, noting that such efforts make SMCL a exemplary corporate citizen.
“We are happy to be here today to receive these items from SMCL. Through their many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects over the years, developed in close collaboration with Sengerema District, Sotta has proven to be an exemplary corporate citizen,” said Augustine.
The handover ceremony was attended by senior officials from Sengerema district as well as SMCL board members, including two government-appointed directors, Prof. Raphael Chibunda, Dr. Joas Kabete and Leonard Mususa.
SMCL Managing Director and Director Damien Valente said, “Today marks our third CSR handover event of the year, and we are extremely grateful to the Sengerema District for their participation. We are also pleased that today’s CSR handover ceremony coincided with a visit to Nyanzaga by SMCL directors.
SMCL has shown a strong commitment to schools in its local community, having already built three new classrooms at Ngoma Secondary School and having already funded the construction of toilets at the school.
In April 2022, SMCL completed the handover of six toilets at Chikomero Island Primary School in Sengerema District.
Sotta also supported the district health system with its awareness campaign and vaccination campaign against COVID-19.
SMCL is a joint venture between the Government of Tanzania (16%) and Nyanzaga Mining Company Limited (84%), a subsidiary of OreCorp Tanzania Limited, to develop the $670 billion South Ngoma Project in Sengerema District , following the granting of a Special Mining Title on December 13, 2021.
The project is now on track to be the first large-scale gold mine to be built in Tanzania in over a decade and the first-ever large-scale mine in Sengerema district.