Mining Laws and Regulations

Tanzania's Minister of Minerals has the power to create regulations under different Acts of Parliament, such as under the Mining Act and the Tanzania Extractive Industries (Transparency and Accountability) Act 2015 (the TEITI Act).

Following the extensive amendments to the Mining Act, Cap.123 of the Laws of Tanzania (Act No. 14 of 2010) (the Mining Act) by the Tanzania Extractive Industries (Transparency and Accountability) Act, 2015 (TEIA) whereby a number of changes affected mineral rights holders, the Mining Act had two further amendments in 2017 as a result of a change in the Tanzanian government’s (Government) approach on the mining sector, amongst others. In February 2019 a series of changes were made to Tanzanian mining laws and regulations. These changes were as follows:

  1. Changes to the Mining Act 2010
  2. Parliament passed the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No.2) Bill of 2019 (the Mining Act Amendment Bill) on 9 February 2019 and we understand that it is currently awaiting the President's assent. When the Mining Act Amendment Bill receives this assent, a number of changes will be made to the provisions of the Mining Act 2010 (the Mining Act).

  3. Changes to mining-related regulations
  4. Tanzania's Minister of Minerals has the power to create regulations under different Acts of Parliament, such as under the Mining Act and the Tanzania Extractive Industries (Transparency and Accountability) Act 2015 (the TEITI Act). Pursuant to this power, the Minister has created the following new regulations under the Mining Act and the TEITI Act:

    • GN 135 of 2019 – Mining (Mererani Controlled Area) Regulations;
    • GN 136 of 2019 – Mining (Mineral Beneficiation) Regulations;
    • GN 137 of 2019 – Mining (Diamond Trading) Regulations;
    • GN 138 of 2019 – Mining (Minerals and Mineral Concentrates Trading) (Amendment) Regulations;
    • GN 139 of 2019 – Mining (Local Content) Regulations (the New Local Content Regulations); and
    • GN 141 of 2019 – Tanzania Extractive Industries (Transparency and Accountability) Regulations.
  5. Highlights of the Mining Act Amendment Bill
    • Additional requirement to obtain consent from the licensing authority;
    • Restriction on import permit holders possessing and disposing of minerals and provision of minimum fines / an imprisonment term for contravention;
    • Exceptions to the buying and selling of minerals at Mineral and Gem Houses;
    • Requirement for broker licence applicants to specify the buying stations from which they intend to buy minerals;
    • Requirement to obtain a mineral import permit in order to import minerals;
    • Alteration to duration of mineral import permits and payment of prescribed fees;
    • Introduction of specific conditions when importing diamonds;and
    • Mineral ores or tailings owned by small scale miners now to be a trading commodity in Tanzania.

Regulations in Mining Sector

  •   The Mining (Diamond Trading) Regulations 2019
  •  Fees Regulations 2018 Amendments
  •  Supp Gn No 139 8 2 2019 The Mining (Local Content) (Amendments) Regulations 2019
  •  Tax Amnesty Regulations 2018
  •  The Integrity Pledge Regulations 2018
  •  The Mining (Local Content) (Amendments) Regulations 2019_Gn No 139 Of 2019 (1)
  •  The Mining Commission Guideline for Submission of Local Content Plan 2018
  •  Tanzania Shipping Agencies Act No 14 Of 2017
  •  The Mining (Mineral Benefication) (Amendments) Regulations,2019
  •  Export & Imports of Minerals Procedures
  •  The Natural Wealth and Resources Contracts Regulations, 2020
  •  The Mining (Mirerani Controlled Area) Regulations,2019
  •  The Explosives Regulations of 1964
  •  Mining (Lapidary) Regulations, 2020
  •  The Mining (Mineral Rights Applications by Tender) Regulations,2020
  •  The Mining (Mining and Mineral Concetrate Trading) Regulations,2019
  •  TEITA Regulations, 2019
  •  Smelting Refinary License
  •  Procedures for Applying Mineral Rights

Acts in Mining Sector

  •   Banking and Financial Institutions Acts, 2006
  •  Natural Wealth and Resources Acts,2017
  •  Supp The Explosives Act, 1963
  •  The Mining Act, 1998
  •  Wriiten Laws (Miscelinious Amendements) Acts,2019
  •  The Mining Act, 1979
  •  The TEITI Act and Mining Ammendment Bill, 2015
  •  Tanzania Shipping Agencies Act No 14 Of 2017