Artisanal miners were encouraged to regularise their operations in order for them access full support.

This was the major highlight on the last day of the Mine Entra Small Scale Miners Conference In the City of Kings and Queens this Friday (yesterday).

The Deputy minister of Mines and Mining Development Honourable Polite Kambamura said that artisanal miners contribute over 60 percent of gold deliveries in the country and are a critical sector which deserves adequate support.

“Our gold deliveries to Fidelity Printers and Refineries during the first half of this year have over 60 percent from small scale miners with large scale miners producing only 40 percent. This shows that with adequate support the artisanal miners can contribute more to the national economy. It is believed that output from small scale miners exceed what is recorded officially, this is because quite a huge number operate informally,” he said.

To facilitate ease of mining business, Honourable Kambamura said audit teams will be unleashed to all provincial mining offices to deal with unruly elements that frustrate miners.

“As you are aware that last month the minister had to shut down one of our provincial offices to deal with corruption. We are going to do the same with all our provincial offices,” the deputy minister said.

The Zimbabwe Miners Federation president, Ms Henrietta Rushwaya urged small scale miners to prioritise health and safety in their operations.

Life comes first, we will soon roll out a health and safety awareness campaign to all mining areas across the country to ensure our miners prioritise on these things,” she said.

The just ended mining exhibition had more than 200 subscribers and ran under the theme: “Resourcing the Future: Exploring and Leveraging Mining Potential”.