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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 - Buy Gold - Bringing you trusted gold news and gold investing information since 2006

Barrick Gold To Enhance Security at Tanzanian Mine

Following a raid on May16 that killed five people at a Tanzanian gold mine, African Barrick Gold is enhancing mine security by erecting new fences, building walls and installing surveillance cameras.

African Barrick released a statement that read: “These efforts will enhance the security environment at the mine in order to protect employees and the wider community.”

Investigations into the May 16 attack has revealed that more than 1,000 people invaded the property armed with machetes, stones and various mining implements.

“Initial reports put this number at 800, but following further reviews, the number is likely to have been more than 1,500,” African Barrick said.

It is not the first time the North Mara Gold Mine has struggled with security issues. The mine has experienced several attacks during the course of the past few years.

For instance, in 2008, some 200 people attacked the mine, destroying property to the value of $7 million.

The troubled mine, located in the Tarime district some 100km (60 miles) east of Lake Victoria, is also being under investigation by the African unit of Barrick Gold for unrelated corruption and human rights abuse allegations.

An internal investigation looking into various criminal allegations, including corruption, assault and trespass, has been launched following complaints by mine employees.

“These also include a number of allegations of sexual assault in and around the mine site allegedly involving both police as well as our own security personnel,” African Barrick reported.

In 2010, the North Mara Gold Mine produced almost 213,000 ounces of gold, making it the third-largest Barrick Gold mine by production that year.

Barrick Gold, which floated in London March 2010, is predicting a production of between 700,000 and 760,000 ounces of gold in

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