2 000+ min­ing claims re­pos­sessed in Gwanda

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Bianca Mlilo

MORE than 2 000 min­ing claims in Gwanda dis­trict have been for­feited to the State af­ter claim hold­ers failed to pay taxes, an of­fi­cial has said.

Small scale-min­ers are re­quired to pay an an­nual levy of $100 — also known as a cer­tifi­cate of ‘in­spec­tion.’

The Min­istry of Mines and Min­ing De­vel­op­ment said in a pub­lic no­tice that re­ver­sal of for­fei­ture was de­pen­dent on the pay­ment of a “re­vo­ca­tion fee.”

Most of the for­feited claims are gold claims and oth­ers are iron, chromite, nickel and cop­per and other min­er­als.

“The Mata­bele­land South of­fice of the provin­cial min­ing direc­tor put up for­fei­ture no­tices at its Gwanda and Bu­l­awayo of­fices on Au­gust 4 and 5 re­spec­tively. In ex­cess of 2 200 claims were listed on the no­tices,” reads part of the no­tice.

“Hold­ers of the claims posted on the boards who wish to con­tinue hav­ing ti­tle to the claims are urged to pro­tect their ti­tle by pay­ing the pre­scribed re­vo­ca­tion fee and to bring their in­spec­tions up to date.”

Zim­babwe Min­ing Fed­er­a­tion (ZMF) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Welling­ton Takavarasha urged the Gov­ern­ment to be sup­port­ive of the ar­ti­sanal min­ers’ ef­forts to con­trib­ute to the fis­cus.

“While th­ese min­ers are look­ing to for­malise, Gov­ern­ment should not be hard on th­ese small scale-min­ers. They should rather en­cour­age the min­ers to pay and con­tinue with their busi­ness,” he said.

“Min­ing helps gen­er­ate for­eign cur­rency and the ar­ti­sanal min­ers’ ef­forts should be sup­ported, here we’re talk­ing about the ease of do­ing busi­ness for the min­ers, not con­straints.”

A re­cent ZMF re­port says the coun­try is home to more than 600 000 small-scale min­ers. Of that num­ber, about 25 000 are reg­is­tered.

Zim­babwe has also a fur­ther 700 000 of both reg­is­tered and un­reg­is­tered ar­ti­sanal min­ers con­tribut­ing to the coun­try’s gold pro­duc­tion.

Small scale-min­ers’ pro­duc­tion rose from three tonnes of gold in 2014 to seven tonnes last year while big play­ers pro­duced 14 tonnes. This year the smallscale min­ers are ex­pected to dou­ble their out­put to more than 14 tonnes. — Bian­caMlilo

Mr Welling­ton Takavarasha

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