A local gold mining company, Damba-10 has set up an economic empowerment programme through allocating eight gold mining claims to different groups in the Dromoland community in Bubi, Matabeleland North Province.
After getting nine claims to extract gold in Dromoland, Damba-10 gold mine gave the traditional leadership, school development committees of ward 8, Zanu PF youths, Zanu PF Women`s League, Water and Sanitation Committee, Zanu PF main wing and the local councilor a claim each.
The mining company has assisted the beneficiaries with obtaining certificates from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development and an event is being organised to officially hand over the certificates.
Damba-10 Operations Director, Mr Andrew Moyo said of the 600 workers employed at the mine, 100 are representing each of the eight groups that were allocated claims as part of their induction so that they familiarise with gold mining operations.
“That will not be all, we will be with them all the way and monitor their mining activities, assisting them with equipment until such a time that they are able to manage everything by themselves,” said Mr Moyo.
Bubi Rural District Council CEO, Mr Patson Mlilo commended the initiative, saying it fulfills the objectives of ZIMASSET, through employment creation, poverty alleviation and revenue generation for the country.
“We really appreciate this kind of initiative which is the first of its kind. It is important for all organisations to note that in every community where they extract resources, there is always a community to assist and that way we can help them benefit from their resources,” he said.
Damba-10 mine has so far produced 34kg of gold from its claim since it commenced operations in April this year and is targeting 100kg by the end of this year.