The Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) is working on coming up with initiatives of mitigating unprecedented production loss by artisanal and small-scale miners in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
By Precious Chikuruwo
Speaking to Mining Zimbabwe at an event hosted by the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF), Chief Executive Officer (ZMF) Mr. Wellington Takavarasha said, ZMF is working on coming up with initiatives of mitigating against unprecedented production loss by artisanal and small-scale miners in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected and disrupted lives, livelihoods with the artisanal and small-scale mining communities in Zimbabwe and globally. ZMF is coming up with initiatives and innovations to minimise the impact on public health and to limit disruptions along the value chain. Governments across the globe are relaxing containment measures and economies beginning to open,” Takavarasha said.
ZMF hasn’t backdown ever since they signed three strategic partnerships aimed at capacitating small-scale miners in their quest to ramp up production in line with the government’s vision of growing mining to a US$12 billion industry by 2023.
Yesterday ZMF announced that over 25 service providers had partnered with the Federation. The members include Econet Insurance, Ivory Gold Pvt Ltd, CureChem, UNESCO Chirinda, Innovative Industrial Safety Solutions, YAN LIN Private Company among others.
The membership categories comprise of Platinum Membership for US$3,000, Diamond membership at US$2,000, Gold Membership for US$1,000, Silver Membership for US$500 and lastly Bronze Membership for US$350.
The new members yesterday pledged to work with the ZMF in an endeavour to increase output in the country.