The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Au­gust 5,1966 — A sug­ges­tion of favouritism in al­lo­cat­ing min­ing sites caused an out­burst of com­plaints at a 30-strong meet­ing of Wankie and district Small Work­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. But this was the busi­nesses meet­ing, which was over be­fore Deputy Min­is­ter for Mines, Mr IB Dil­lon, ar­rived.

The re­mark that sparked the com­plaints was that “cer­tain in­ter­ests” had been al­lowed to mine in Wankie Game Re­serve. This caused dis­sat­is­fac­tion among those small work­ers who had ap­pli­ca­tions for this area turned down.

Mr Dil­lon, who was ac­com­pa­nied by a West Ger­man min­ing en­gi­neer, Dr H Poet­ter, who is from Essen said he hoped Wankie would nom­i­nate a del­e­gate to the district ad­vi­sory board which was sit­ting in Bu­l­awayo.

These boards, he added, had made eas­ier the li­ai­son be­tween the Mines and Mines Depart­ment and the small worker.

“The in­dus­try is ex­pand­ing through the small holder worker more than ever be­fore but there is a des­per­ate short­age of pro­fes­sional of­fi­cers and knowl­edge­able small work­ers”, said Mr Dil­lon.

He was giv­ing se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion to pre­vent­ing un­de­vel­oped claims be­ing held for spec­u­la­tive pur­poses. He rec­om­mended the self-help scheme, such as in Fi­l­abusi, where store­keep­ers, farm­ers and the pub­lic had sub­scribed £5 000 to­wards a promis­ing min­ing propo­si­tion.

This had brought fur­ther £5 000 from the Gov­ern­ment. Dr Poet­ter who is from Essen, said he had been im­pressed by Wankie’s coal re­serves and the ef­fi­cient meth­ods of min­ing. Dr R Hendry was chair­man.

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