EIA waiver for Small Scale Min­ers

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Masvingo & South-West News - Mun­yaradzi Musi­iwa Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

GOV­ERN­MENT has granted an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact Assess­ment (EIA) waiver to small scale and ar­ti­sanal min­ers, as it moves to elim­i­nate strin­gent con­di­tions that have been in­hibit­ing them from for­mal­is­ing their op­er­a­tions and declar­ing their pro­ceeds. Small scale and ar­ti­sanal min­ers only have to get an En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Plan (EMP). The En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and ecosys­tems pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer for Mid­lands Mr Phanuel Ku­dak­washe Mangisi said the EMP is given to min­ers whose cap­i­tal in­vest­ment is less than $25 000 and to reg­is­tered claims.

“We have de­signed an EMP guide­line for small scale or ar­ti­sanal min­ers with reg­is­tered claims,” he said. “This is only for those who do min­ing only and not pro­cess­ing. What was hap­pen­ing is that an EIA was more ex­pen­sive for the small scale min­ers in that it was done through an agent and the charges were not fixed. EIA is usu­ally 1,2 per­cent of the to­tal cap­i­tal in­vest­ment.

“So, with the EMP we are go­ing to have less min­ing re­lated ac­ci­dents and deaths be­cause this guide­line will also ed­u­cate min­ers on how to do safe min­ing.” Small scale min­ers, which con­trib­ute at least 60 per­cent of the coun­try’s to­tal gold out­put, hailed Gov­ern­ment for the waiver.

Zim­babwe Min­ers Fed­er­a­tion (ZMF) spokesper­son, Mr Dos­man Mangisi, ap­plauded Gov­ern­ment for recog­nis­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of small scale and ar­ti­sanal min­ers.

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