By Business Reporter
GOLD buyer Fidelity Printers and Refiners (FPR) has partnered the Zimbabwe School of Mines (ZSM) in a move aimed at capacitating gold producers on the fundamentals of mining.
In an email communication, Fidelity Printers and Refiners (FPR) General Manager, Mr Fradreck Kunaka, said his organisation will provide funding for the training of gold producers.
“The 7 day course which has been fully funded by FPR will be launched in Bulawayo from the 24th to the 30th of October 2018,” said Kunaka.
Kunaka said the motive behind this joint venture is part of FPR’s efforts to safe guard the future of gold mining in Zimbabwe by offering skills transfer that will in the long run enable the country to attain the targeted 100 tonnes of gold.
“Fidelity Printers and Refiners (FPR) has come into a partnership with the Zimbabwe School of Mines (ZSM) in a joint venture to capacitate gold producers on the Fundamentals of Mining,” he said.
In September this year, ZSM acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Edwin Gwaze revealed that 650 artisanal miners had received training at the institution since the launch of the Fundamentals of Mining in 2011, with 121 small scale miners having received training in 2018 alone, with more expected to be trained before end of 2018.
Small scale miners have taken the lead in gold output as evidenced by the higher volumes being delivered to FRP.
The training is expected to be launched in Bulawayo before being rolled out to other provinces where attendees will be presented with certificates on completion of the training.
“The training which we intent to roll out in other Provinces that is Midlands, Mashonaland and Manicaland is targeting 50 participants in each Province,” he said.
FPR is also conducting gold mining conferences across Zimbabwe, with the inaugural having been done in Gwanda.
“We are also undertaking Gold Mining Conferences across the country, with the first one having been held in Gwanda. To date we have held the Conferences in Bulawayo and Kadoma and next week on the 25th of October, 2018 we will be having another one in Gweru,” said Kunaka. ENDS//