EMA re­duces fees for small scale min­ers:

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Se­nior Re­porter

EN­VI­RON­MENT Man­age­ment Agency (EMA) has come up with new min­ing guide­lines that seek to cut down on the pro­cesses in­volved in the ap­pli­ca­tion of En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ments and re­duce the cost for small scale and ar­ti­sanal min­ers.

Small scale and ar­ti­sanal min­ers have been evad­ing the law and work­ing on their claims with­out the EIAs ow­ing to the high cost of have them done.

EMA Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial man­ager Mr King­stone Chi­to­tombe said the new guide­lines sought to re­move from the pic­ture EIA con­sul­tants who charged min­ers any­thing be­tween $1 500 and $3 000 for their ser­vices.

“We have cut down on the pro­cesses of ac­quir­ing an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment by de­sign­ing new small scale min­ing reg­u­la­tions that can be used by small scale and ar­ti­sanal min­ers.

“There were too many play­ers in the process of ac­quir­ing EIAs and the min­ers used to com­plain over fees charged by the EIA con­sul­tants. So the new guide­lines seek to elim­i­nate those con­sul­ta­tion fees which could be any­thing from $1 500 to over $3 000 de­pend­ing on the con­sul­tant they used. The cut down pro­cesses re­sulted in the re­duc­tion of the fees re­quired for an EIA to $253,” he said.

He said the guide­lines would im­prove ef­fi­ciency and en­sure that min­ers mine sus­tain­ably.

Mr Chi­to­tombe said the guide­lines were al­ready func­tional but there had been few min­ers who had come for­ward to ap­ply for EIAs.

“At the mo­ment the small scale and ar­ti­sanal min­ers have not been com­ing in be­cause they do not know about the new ar­range­ment yet. So we are plan­ning an aware­ness cam­paign to make them aware of the fa­cil­ity.

“We call on those min­ers who have not done their EIAs to ap­proach any EMA of­fice and ask for help on the guide­lines so that they can get their EIAs,” he said.

Zim­babwe Min­ers Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Mrs Hen­ri­etta Rush­waya said the re­duc­tion of EIA fees was a wel­come de­vel­op­ment which would en­sure that small scale and ar­ti­sanal min­ers conducted their busi­ness sus­tain­ably.

“Now that this fee has been re­duced, I am ask­ing our mem­bers to mine in a sus­tain­able man­ner. Where we have mined, we should close the pits and re­ha­bil­i­tate them or even cre­ate fish ponds that they fence so that they don’t put an­i­mal and hu­man lives in dan­ger,” she said

ZMF pres­i­dent Mrs Hen­ri­etta Rush­waya

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