Small scale fero-chrome miners have called on the government and mining stakeholders to cede some mining claims for them to formalise their operations and develop infrastructure with a view to end the running battles amongst artisanal miners which is currently affecting the mining sector.
Chimona Mining Company Director, Mr Marufu Sithole saod apart from ending mining disputes, the claims will also act as surety to small scale miners which will help them to develop the mining sites and improve production with a view to increase exports.
“We have heard some serious problems in the areas where we operate from. Small scale miners are always fighting as a result of lack of proper documentation to mine properly. We are simply calling upon the big mining giants to release some unutilised mining claims so that we become registered and develop our mining areas,” he said.
Zimbabwe Miners Federation President, Ms Henrietta Rushwaya said small scale miners have become a big stakeholder in the economy, hence the need for recognition.
“The small scale miners have a number of issues that they want to be addressed. The constituency has been very loyal in delivering the gold and other minerals to Fidelity Printers and Refiners, so we hope that the government will move in to finalise the Mines and Minerals Act which shall give due recognition to the sector,” she said.
Artisanal and small scale miners continue to upstage large scale miners in gold deliveries to Fidelity Printers and Refineries with stakeholders now targeting 33 tonnes after the country recorded 24 tonnes deliveries of the yellow metal by September this year.