The Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) Mashonaland West Province has continued to seek initiative for the development and growth of the small scale and artisanal mining sector through formalization and standardisation in order to maximize production.
According to ZMF MashWest Chairperson Mr Timothy Chizuzu, standardisation of Small-scale mining through advancing to professional mining is of great significance for small scale Miners to achieve ZMF’s target to contribute US$4 billion in revenue by 2023.
Chizuzu said institutions like the school of mines should work in reciprocal with small scale Miners to achieve world-class and advanced small scale mines that have the ability to mine low grades and very deep.
“Small Scale Miners should be assisted in terms of skills development. We have discovered that the office of mining engineers, geologists and metallurgists are of utmost importance in the maximization of production to reach the US$12 billion mining industry. We recommend that institutions like the school of mines should bring their students to Miners to assist in the standardisation process, we need them, they need us” Chizuzu said.
He said his executive was working towards educating Miners to take exploration very serious through their mining journey.
He said exploration and standardisation of small scale mining are significant if the government is to achieve President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa’s vision for the country to become an upper-middle-income economy by 2030 and the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development’s vision for the industry to contribute US$12 billion annual revenue can also be achieved.