About Us

GST in NutShell

The Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST) is a national geological research centre operating under the Ministry of Minerals

  • First established in 1925 with the objective of speeding up development of mineral resources of the Tanganyika Territory.
  • Based in Dodoma since 1926
  • In 2005 established as a Government Agency by The Executive Agency Act No. 30, [CAP 245] of 1997,
  • Permanent staff 145
  • In July 2017, the Government of Tanzania amended the Mining Act of 2010 through the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, No. 7 of 2017 and GST re-established
  • Financial resources obtained mainly from the Government subsidies, charges for consultancy services rendered, sales of information/data, and from Research Partners
  • The activities are guided by the medium term strategic plan.
  • Custodian of the national geoscientific data and information collected since mid 1880’s.
  • Collector, verifier, evaluator and custodian of all data/information from the mineral rights holder.
  • Promoter of investment in the mineral sector.
  • Builder of the knowledge of mineral resources potential and the general geo-science of the country.
  • Institutional credibility and good reputation built over the past eighty years (80) of operation.
  • Capability to advise the government on technical issues regarding mineral exploration, mining, geohazards and other geoscientific consultancies.
  • IT and communication facilities.
  • Data storage and retrieval facilities (servers)

Cooperation with other institutions:

The Geological Survey of Tanzania cooperates with other national and international institutions engaged in earth sciences research, including Geological Surveys the world over and Universities.

This undertaking has been going on through the years and dates as far back as the 1950s. Some of the institutions and areas of cooperation include the following:

National institutions

  • University of Dare s Salaam – training, research and consultancy
  • the African Minerals and Geo-sciences Centre (AMGC) Africa Mineral research, training and consultancy
  • Tanzania Bureau of Standards – proficient testing programmes
  • Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) – research
  • National Development Corporation – consultancy services
  • Mineral Resources Institute – training and consultancy
  • Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA)- research
  • University of Dodoma - training, research and consultancy
  • Ardhi University - training, research and consultancy
  • Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) – training, research and consultancy

International institutions:

  • Geologian TutkimusKeskus (GTK) of Finland. – training, geological mapping, geochemical and geophysical surveys, laboratory services and consultancy
  • Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rhohstoffe (BGR) – research (geothermal energy , industrial minerals) gold and base metals exploration, training and air borne geophysical surveys and geological mapping
  • GEUS – Geological and environmental research.
  • Geological Survey of Mozambique – Cross Border Mapping
  • Council for Geosciences(CGS) – Map production and training
  • Royal Museum for central Africa (RMCA) -Researches in Geology, geothermal, seismic and training
  • British Geological Survey(BGS) – Geological Mapping, seismic
  • US Geological Survey (USGS) - Geological mapping, remote sensing and seismic activities (monitoring of geohazards)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)- Study scholarships.
  • Japanese Oil, Gas and Metal Coorporation (JOGMEC) - Geological mapping, remote sensing training and mineral exploration
  • Beak Consultant GmbH of Germany – Training, geoscientific publications, promotions of investment in the country, data dissemination