US$12 billion mining industry achievable – Parliament

By Jerold Sasa

ZIMBABWE is well on course to achieving a US$12 billion dollar mining industry by 2023, with gold expected to contribute US$4 billion towards the target.

In an effort to ensure Zimbabwe achieves its 2023 mining target, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development toured Shuraj Gold Milling Pant in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe (UMP) this Friday as part of an inquiry into operations of the gold mining sector.

“As a committee we are playing our oversight role of ensuring the gold mining industry plays its part in the target of a 12 billion mining industry by 2023,” said Hon Edmund Mkaratigwa-Chairperson Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development.

The committee, however, expressed concern over issuance of claims on settled land, including schools, clinics and villages which have resulted in conflict in UMP district, leading to cancellation of some mining licences.

“We are very much concerned with issuance of mining claims on settled land which is against the spirit of community development,” he added.

The meeting was also attended by various stakeholders in the mining sector including the Environmental Management Agency, Fidelity Printers and Refiners, UMP Rural District Council and the Zimbabwe Miners Federation.