The government says it is setting up gold milling centres throughout the country to ensure that artisanal miners get a fair deal for their gold.

The small scale miners’ representative body, the Zimbabwe Miners Federation was also encouraged to contribute to the efforts to make Zimbabwe a middle income economy by 2030.

This came out when the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Mr Winston Chitando congratulated the 12 member Zimbabwe Miners Federation national executive ushered into office on 14 June and led by Ms Henrietta Rushawaya.

He said focus is on improving the economy and in line with this new thrust, it is supporting artisanal miners to increase gold production as the country thrives towards attaining a middle class economy by 2030.

Minister Chitando implored the newly appointed Zimbabwe Miners Federation executive to fit into the government’s economic revival thrust by pushing volumes of the precious metal.

Newly elected Zimbabwe Miners Federation President, Ms Rushawaya said their first priority is to ensure they reach the 100 tonnes per annum gold production mark.

In the first quarter of the year, artisanal miners have already contributed more than 65% of the maximum annual production reached last year.

The other members of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation include Mr Marufu Sithole, Mr Christopher Murove, Mrs Blessing Hungwe, who were elected 1st, 2nd and 3rd vice presidents respectively. 

Others are: Mr Morgan Mugawu (Secretary General), Mrs Lindiwe Mpofu (Deputy Secretary General), Mr Lufeyi Shato (Treasurer), Mr Frederick Marangwanda (Organising Secretary), Mr Gift Karanda (Secretary for External Affairs), Mr Philemon Mokuele (General Council Secretary), Mr Darlington Ndlovu (Secretary for Youth) and Mr Moses Marufu (Secretary for the Disabled).