• Short Summary

    THE TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT IS INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF A RICH DIAMONDS STRIKE NEAR SINGIDA, IN NORTH CENTRAL TANGANYIKA.

  • Description

    THE TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT IS INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF A RICH DIAMONDS STRIKE NEAR SINGIDA, IN NORTH CENTRAL TANGANYIKA. HOWEVER, A STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRIES, MINERAL RESOURCES AND POWER SAID THAT "DIAMONDS HAVE BEEN FOUND AND KNOWN TO EXIST IN THE SINGIDA AREA FOR SOME TIME, BUT AS YET AN ECONOMIC, WORKABLE DEPOSIT HAS NOT BEEN PROVED."
    FIRST NEWS OF THE STRIKE CAME FROM SWISS PROSPECTOR, MR ARNOLD KUENZLER WHO SAYS THERE'S ROOM FOR SEVEN DIAMONDS MINES IN THE AREA.

    MR KUENZLER SAID HE FIRST FOUND INDICATIONS OF DIAMONDS LAST MARCH ABOUT 30 MILES FROM SINGIDA TOWNSHIP. HE STARTED TO SEARCH THE AREA WITH HIS FATHER IN 1962, PROSPECTING FIRST FOR ZIRCON TO RAISE ENOUGH CAPITAL TO CARRY OUT A SERIOUS DIAMONDS HUNT.

    WHEN HIS FATHER DIED ABOUT A YEAR AGO, MR KUENZLER AND THE SINGIDA REGION'S CHIEF BARAMBA RAISED GBP11,000 AND FORMED THE SINGIDA MINING COMPANY. A FOUR MONTHS SEARCH FOR DIAMONDS WAS FRUITLESS, BUT THEN MR KEUNZLER DISCOVERED A STONE OF ABOUT A QUARTER CARAT. SINCE THEN, OTHER DIAMONDS HAVE BEEN FOUND -- ELEVEN WERE SENT TI THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY DIVISION FOR EXAMINATION AND ARE NOW IN LONDON FOR EVALUATION. MR KUENZLER HAS INSTALLED A CRUSHING AND WASHING MACHINE IN THE IHANJA MINING CAMPS, WHICH CAN SORT 120 TONS OF SOIL EACH DAY.

    AT PRESENT THERE ARE NEARLY 130 MEN WORKING IN THE AREA, BUT MR KEUNZLER FEELS THAT WHEN THE AREA IS PROPERLY OPENED UP THERE WILL BE ABOUT 4,000 EMPLOYEES. HE SAYS THAT "EXCITING RESULTS" CAN BE EXPECTED WHEN EQUIPMENT ARRIVES TO ALLOW DIGGING DOWN TO 300 FEET. IN SOME CASES, HE IS PLANNING TO GO DOWN AS FAR AS 600 FEET.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9GYBFEGCT29FX54FNAY45M0QI
    Media URN:
    VLVA9GYBFEGCT29FX54FNAY45M0QI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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