By Business Reporter – Friday 16 October 2020
LOCAL – HARARE (Mining Index) – THE Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) this week held a consultative webinar for Artisanal and Small-scale Miners (ASM) and stakeholders to discuss, suggest and recommend the appropriate rate payable to Rural District Councils (RDCs).
The Association of Rural District Councils (ARDCZ) which is the representative body of all 60 RDCs is in the process of preparing for a 2021 budget, invited ZMF to a dialogue to review rates and levies that should be payable to RDCs.
“We are therefore kindly inviting you to join the ZMF webinar for miners and stakeholders to discuss, suggest and recommend the appropriate rate applicable to be payable to RDCs by small scale miners,” said Wellington Takavarasha, ZMF chief executive officer (CEO).
In September this year, ZMF expressed discontent over the way RDCs are forcing miners to pay development levies prior to updating certificate of inspection with the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.
This follows uneven annual levies being charged by RDCs where each local authority gazettes its own rate.
ZMF said it has always recommended RDCs charge uniform levies throughout the whole country.
The review of RDC levies this year by local authorities across the country saw some local authorities charging levies in foreign currency, with miners in Kadoma indicating they received their statements with exorbitant charges pegged in USD. ENDS// www.miningindex.co.zw
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