Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) President Ms. Henrietta Rushwaya said the main huddle in the Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM) sector is the lack of mechanization and has therefore promised to assist miners without equipment.
By Shantel Chisango
Speaking at a ZMF meeting held on Tuesday at Rainbow Towers, Rushwaya said lack of mechanization remains a huge challenge in the sector.
“Mechanisation remains an issue of huge concern in the small scale industry.” she lamented.
Rushwaya went on to donate compressors to several miners which include Mberengwa Miners Trust, Guinea Fowl Mines Trust, Great Zimbabwe Miners Trust and urged miners to up their game in order to contribute to the 23 Billion Mining Industry by 2023.
She further urged miners who need assistance with equipment to approach the ZMF so that they may be assisted where possible.
However, Rushwaya emphasised the importance of organizing groups in their constituencies which encompass every miner that needs assistance so that it makes work easier for the ZMF.
Furthermore, she stated that Exclusive Prospecting Orders (EPOs) remain a constraint to miners, especially in Matebeleland areas.
She mentioned that most miners in Matebeleland do not have any land to mine because of prohibitive EPOs.
In a move meant to push the ZMF towards a more business approach, yesterday saw the Federation amending part of its constitution in an event attended by General Council and Executive members from across the country.