Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF)’s Mashonaland West Executive has established Artisanal and Small Scale Miners (ASM) fact-finding mission and solution enclined mining visits to see the growth and development of small scale mining in the province.
The initiative which was pioneered on Tuesday will see the executive led by Mr Timothy Chizuzu (Chairperson), Mr Johannes Sithole (Treasury) and Ms Gladys Hwami visiting mines across the province to establish an acceptable and standard small scale miner in Zimbabwe.
ZMF which is an umbrella body representing all ASM in the country is optimistic that the sector will add a significant impact on the President’s vision for the country to become an upper-middle-income economy by 2030.
The country’s largest ASM representative body believe that ASM has all it takes to become a US$4 billion industry by 2023.
The visits are expected to inspire Miners in the province to learn from each other as well as bringing a platform where Miners would want to learn and copy from other’s strengths for the betterment of small scale mining for economic development.
According to Mr Chizuzu, the visit has proved beyond doubt that small scale mining is heading towards bringing a future native-owned and prosperous mining industry.
“We are impressed with how Miners are growing from insignificant little by little without seeking stock market funds or bank loans. This proves that step by step ASM has the potential to grow,” he said.