Miners forced to stop operation at TAMAKAY
The regulations governing titled lands in the mining sector are becoming more pivotal now that the sector is experiencing rapid growth. The issue was compounded following a conflict between land owners and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission GGMC which the Guyana Women Miners Association highlighted in a recent visit to the TAMAKAY area in the Mazaruni Region 7.
The GMMC has issued a cease order claiming that the two purported owners are allowing persons to mine illegally on the land. The land has been leased to small miners by Satrohan Balkission and Vincent Primus but GGMC is insisting that the lease does not allow for sub-letting.
But that development is not acceptable to one of the owners Satrohan Balkissoon and the President of the Guyana Women Miners Association, Simona Broomes.
According to Balkisson he has been working in the Tamakay Backdam for 33 years and has been declaring his gold as well as paying dues to the GGMC. He said too that he was informed by GGMC that his claims are null and void.
Broomes believes that in this case there is deliberate harassment of the miners which should not be tolerated.
35 dredges have ceased operations with the exception of one and the miners feel they are being unfairly treated.