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African mining needs women boost: expert

17/05/2017 00:00:00
by Manicaland Correspondent

PENHALONGA: There is need for governments in Africa to empower women in the mining sector as they have proved that they have capacity to change lives of future generations through sustainable extraction of natural resources if they are adequately resourced, Centre for Natural Resources Governance(CNRG) has said.

CNRG director, Farai Maguwu, said this at an event where his organization was handing over prospecting licensing certificates to more than 56 artisanal miners mainly women from Penhalonga.

CNRG is one of the NGOs lobbying for the formalization of artisanal mining in the country.

Maguwu said the certificates will inspire other artisanal miners who are operating illegally to form groups and formalize their operations.

“This programme is a first of its kind in the country to formalize operations of artisanal miners. We want to ensure that they are equipped with requisite skills and equipment so that they can achieve in their pursuits,” said Maguwu.

He said given a chance, artisanal miners can work within the confines of the law.

In its quest to assist artisanal miners, CNRG recently partnered Dutch organization, ICCO Corporation, to secure equipment such as hammers, picks, chisels and wheelbarrows.

“We have partnered a Dutch organization ICCO and we have registered claims in the first phase in 2015 and the second phase is being bankrolled by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation which is imparting knowledge to artisanal miners to comply with environmental regulations, safety and health,” said Maguwu.

He said the last phase will be self-sustaining where the miners will be taught financial management skills.

Deputy mines minister, Fred Moyo, recently said small scale miners have contributed significantly towards the revival of the country’s economy and government is working towards improving their operations.


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