Government is instituting a raft of measures to formalise and improve the operations of small scale miners.
This was revealed by Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando while addressing artisanal miners in Chegutu.
Minister Chitando said his ministry is introducing measures that will make the operations of small scale miners tenable as well as ensure leakages of minerals are plugged.
He said some of the measures include the setting of a desk at his ministry to deal with the said group of miners and the proposed establishment of gold centres across the country as well as the provision of appropriate mining equipment.
In addition a $50 million facility for small scale miners has been availed.
“There is now mechanism for interface between small scale miners and government. We have signed a $50 million dollar funding facility for miners and we are setting up gold centres around the country,” he said.
Zimbabwe Miners Federation president Henrietta Rushwaya said the measures will go a long way in addressing challenges being faced by artisanal miners, adding the establishment of the gold centres is plausible as the model will help in accounting for total gold output produced at each centre.
“Through the gold centres we will be able to collect every gram of gold produced by individual miners and then sell to Fidelity in large quantities thereby plugging leakages of the commodity to South Africa,” she said.
The small scale mining sector has for long been clamouring for support from government in order to enhance productivity.