SGS is proud of our strong presence across Africa. When it comes to the mining industry, much of our East Africa work centres on Mzwana, Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Fast facts about Tanzania:

  • Located in East Africa, Tanzania’s natural wonders include Zanzibar, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Victoria.
  • The capital city is in centrally located Dodoma but the commercial hub is Dar es Salaam.
  • Annual growth rate has averaged 6.7% since 2006, and is one of the best in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The largest industries in Tanzania are tourism, the manufacturer of basic consumer goods, forestry, agriculture, and mining.
  •  Up to 15% of Africa's exploration expenditure has been spent in Tanzania, thought to have Africa's largest gold reserves after South Africa. Gold, diamonds, base metals, uranium, and gemstones are at the forefront of Tanzania's growing mining industry.

SGS in Tanzania

Situated in Mwanza, the second largest city in Tanzania, our SGS operation now offers a number of geochemical and environmental consulting services. Read more

Our Tanzanian laboratories are ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and perform a broad range of analytical techniques to suit our clients’ mineral and environmental testing requirements. We are conveniently located in the heart of the gold mining region and our state-of-the-art equipment and expertly trained staff ensure high quality standards and accurate, timely data.

Environmental degradation and pollution is a growing concern in Africa. Previously the problem only of heavily industrialised first world nations, many products containing hazardous materials are now common in developing nations but without the facilities to dispose of them adequately. For example, did you know that batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs are considered to be hazardous waste? Many African nations are struggling to provide adequate municipal waste disposal let alone hazardous waste disposal.

The control of waste and sewage and preventing the pollution of soil and water resources is an important part of infrastructure planning, and SGS can provide the advice and analyses to help. To learn more about SGS Tanzania, visit


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