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Artisanal miners have been urged to register with the Mines ministry in order to realise benefits from incentives which government is set to avail.
This move will also help in conserving the environment through responsible and proper mining operations.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Environmental Management Plan launch organised by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Zimbabwe Mining Federation secretary for Mashonaland West province, Timothy Chizuzu, urged fellow miners to take seriously government’s call for artisanal and small-scale miners to contribute meaningfully to nation-building through paying statutory fees and other obligations, as well as preserve the environment from where they operate.
Chizuzu, who is also National Environmental Awareness Trust (NEAT) founder, said formalisation of mining activities would go a long way in environmental conservation, as it will be easier to monitor and enforce proper mining operations.
“If we all formalise our operations as miners, it will go a long way in improving our mining environmental management practices,” he said.
Chizuzu lauded government’s move to make sure miners have a database as that will help empower miners and improve environmental management in line with best international practices on sustainable mining activities.
EMA is set to avail a checklist on how to responsibly mine to avoid fatalities, land degradation and environmental destabilisation.