Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) President Ms Henrietta Rushwaya on Saturday donated mining equipment and consumables to women miners in Insiza to help increase production in line with the President’s vision for the mining sector achieving US$12 BILLION annually by 2023.
The Federation President donated mining equipment and consumables that includes compressors, generators, explosives and other consumables to Shangani Women Miners Association in Matabeleland South Province.
Rushwaya sourced equipment from Friends and partners and the equipment is being distributed to miners across the country to help them mechanise their operations and maximise production to help the sector attain President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s vision for the sector achieving a US$12 Billion industry by 2023.
Speaking at a handover ceremony held in Insiza on Saturday, the ZMF boss said the Federation was distributing equipment and consumables to help improve productivity.
“Here we are leaving a compressor because it is one of the main gaps we thought you have as you seek to boost your operations,” Rushwaya said to a group of women miners in Insiza.
“We are giving you a compressor to start with and if you feel you have other needs, you can request for assistance just as you have previously done. The end game for this is we want you to boost production in line with what His Excellency is saying under the 2023 mining sector target and expedite the attainment of an upper-middle-income economy even before 2030,” Ms Henrietta Rushwaya said.
She also said the federation hoped that Government will continue prioritising locals in small-scale mining, which requires less capital injection most of which can be mobilised by locals as opposed to conglomerate mining that needs a huge capital injection.
The event was attended by District Administrator Mr. Jusa Zachariah, Chief Jahana, Insiza senator Ms Molly Mpofu, Shangani Women Miners and their chairperson Sikholisiwe Mandityira among others.