By Lucy Tandi – Thursday 22 October 2020
LOCAL – HARARE (Mining Index) – 35 000 small-scale miners are duly registered in terms of the Mines and Minerals Act out of an estimated 1.5 million Artisanal and Small-scale Miners are operating in Zimbabwe.
This sector has from 2017, contributed over 60 percent of the national gold deliveries to Fidelity Printers and Refiners (FPR).
While the nation appreciates gold output coming from the ASM sector, notable environmental damage has been made, with no rehabilitation. If not managed and contained, mining will soon become an eyesore on Zimbabwe’s environment.
The following images taken by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) depict what is going on in artisanal mining. Immediate planning and solutions need to be put in place to correct this.
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