Danangwe District Youth in Mining Cooperative (DDYMC) in Chegutu is relishing the prospect of increasing its gold output following steps being taken to mechanise its operations and to set up a milling plant on the mine premises.
The mining cooperative has since 2014 delivered 256 kgs of gold to Fidelity Printers and Refiners despite using traditional methods of mining and hiring gold ore milling services.
With 210 members and about 6000 employees, the cooperative now stands to reap huge benefits following the conclusion of a partnership deal with mining equipment manufacturer, Yagden Engineering , for the supply of machinery including milling plant facilities.
Briefing the Minister of Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs, Cde Faber Chidarikire; the legislator for the area, Cde Webster Shamu and other stakeholders during a tour of Danangwe mining premises, DDYMC Chairman, Stewart Luckford indicated that they were losing 60 % of gold to millers.
“We now hope to double output given the latest development which will see the cooperative owning its own mill with a value of US$200 000,” he added.
The cooperative is however still battling to get legal rights to the tributary, which is owned by Breakridge, formerly ACR.
The miners also need electricity, and currently use 400 litres of diesel per day to power a generator used to pump out water from the mine shafts.
Chegutu East legislator, Cde Shamu called for an urgent intervention to ensure the security of tenure and address other issues affecting the operations of the cooperative which is providing a lifeline to thousands of youths.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has categorically told the miners to adhere to environmental management regulations as they carry out their activities.
Danangwe mining cooperative is being touted as a model group in terms of artisanal mining due to its sound organisational system.