Gold deliveries improve
By Nomsa Sanje
CHINHOYI-Small-scale and artisanal miners produced 2,4 tonnes of gold in January this year alone, compared to 400kg a month last year.
Speaking at the launch of a three-day Zimbabwe Miners Federation induction and stakeholder consultative workshop in Darwendale recently, Ms Henrietta Rushwaya, the ZMF boss, (above) praised the government for the confidence it had shown in small-scale and artisanal miners.
It was because of the government’s stance in realising the full potential and significance of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector that had resulted in the jump in the production of the yellow metal in recent months.
“Our success is built on complimenting government efforts in order to develop and empower the sector. We are a sector that compliments government not a sector that is against government.”
Ms Rushwaya noted that there are now more than 1,5 million artisanal and small-scale miners in the country and despite the Covid-19 pandemic the sector had remained vibrant with production of gold averaging 60 percent of the total annual production as recorded by Fidelity Printers and Refiners.
Addressing the same gathering, the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Winston Chitando warned that government will come up with stringent laws for artisanal and small-scale miners who are not adhering to environmental laws.
“Once you start mining make sure that you comply with the provisions of the environmental laws of the country, the level of environmental degradation taking place in some places is simply unacceptable.
“As government we will have to come up to a situation where before the renewal of any mining concession, government is satisfied that every mining concession is complying with environmental provisions.” he said
Minister Chitando also emphasised on the achievement of the US$12 billion milestone in the mining industry by 2023 highlighting that last year the industry had reached US$5billion and is expecting this year to increase to $8USbillion.
Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Cde Mary Mliswa-Chikoka said the mining sector is the vessel that will carry the Vision 2030 to reality and is the key anchor in the economic development of the country and continues to play a significant role in the province.