A small-scale mining boss in Tanzania suddenly becomes a millionaire after his operation discovered two massive hunks of Tanzanite.
Saniniu Laizer, 52, sold the stones to the government at an event in Manyara, northern Tanzania. It is an ultra-rare gemstone that earned him $3.3 million.
The two dark violet-blue stones weighed 9.27 kg and 5.1 kg, making them the largest ever found in Tanzania. The previous record was a 3.38-kg gemstone.
Further, the newly emerged millionaire said he plans to build a shopping mall and school in his village.
The school will be for the children in the area who cannot afford to go to school, he added.
While Mr. Laizer owns the mining operation, it was one of his 200 employees who brought the stones to him. They were not present during the ceremony.
Nevertheless, Mr. Laizer reiterated that 10% of the earnings from the sale of the stones will be for the workers.
On television, the government presented a big cheque to Mr. Laizer.
Meanwhile, Tanzanian President John Magufuli even phoned to congratulate him live on TV.
During the ceremony, the President said the gemstones will be housed in the national museum in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.
Tanzanite is only in the northern region of the country. It was first identified in 1967.