Zimbabwe to closely monitor artisanal miners – Mugabe

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe gestures during news conference in HarareZimbabwe is set to introduce measures closely monitor artisanal miners to ensure that their activities benefit the country, President Robert Mugabe revealed on Tuesday.In an address during the official opening of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe, Mugabe said one of the legislative measures to be tabled before the National Assembly during the coming year would be a Bill to bring the activities of artisanal miners under regulatory scrutiny.

“Artisanal miners will be closely supervised to ensure that capture all their activities and minimise leakages of our minerals,” Mugabe said.

Zimbabwe has an estimated 1.3 million artisanal miners who mostly engage in gold panning activities around the country.

The government has already allocated US$100 million in the 2014 national budget to capacitate small-scale mining operations as it turns to small-scale miners to grow the bullion output.