BY FIDELITY MHLANGA
GOVERNMENT has issued 25 unique prospecting orders (EPOs) throughout the nation, giving mining companies the rights to prospect for minerals over the following three years.
Every of the EPOs cowl 65 000 hectares, based on the Authorities Gazette.
Issued by the Mining Affairs Board, EPOs confer unique rights to holders to prospect for minerals. The EPOs are consistent with Zimbabwe’s ambition to develop a US$12 billion mining business by 2023.
Nonetheless, there was disquiet amongst an estimated 1,5 million small-scale and artisanal miners who’ve complained that EPOs now cowl the entire nation.
As soon as a spot is classed as an EPO, small-scale miners can not peg their titles in that space.
The small-scale miners stated many EPOs had been idle for a few years.
“It’s hereby notified that the Minister of Mines and Mining Improvement (Winston Chitando), with authorisation from the President, has, by way of part 90(2) of the Mines and Minerals Act issued unique prospecting order quantity 1760 to Canlite Mineral Exploration, for a interval of three years with impact from March 12, 2021 to March 11, 2024 inclusive,” the Authorities Gazette
Canlite was additionally granted EPOs 1762, 1763 and 1764 in Matabeleland South province.
As well as, authorities gave Pearline Mineral Exploration EPO 1765, overlaying the identical interval.
“It’s hereby notified that the Minister of Mines and Mining Improvement, with authorisation from the President, has, by way of Part 90(2) of the Mines and Minerals Act issued unique prospecting order No 1765 to Pearline Mineral Exploration for a interval of three years with impact from March 12, 2021 to March 11, 2024, inclusive.”
EPOs had been additionally granted to Infield Mineral Exploration, Triminzim, Auriga Mineral Exploration, Sinamatella Investments, Zimthai Tantalum and Zulu Lithium, which has been aggressively exploring for lithium reserves within the nation.
Zimbabwe Prospectors Union president Samson Dzingwe advised RZP Enterprise that it was worrisome that there have been EPOs which had been idle for a very long time.
“Virtually 80% of the entire nation has been blanketed by these EPO purposes,” he stated.
“However these purposes which have been accredited are only a drop in an ocean. We have now been ready for about 15 years with none motion. So we wish to find out about these which have taken 15 years to be accredited. Have been they rejected? This can be a main concern,” he added.
Artisanal and Small-scale Miners Affiliation chairperson Blessing Togarepi stated it was worrisome that nearly the entire nation was now below EPOs.
“We’re involved that a lot of the nation is now below EPOs. We urge potential small-scale miners to make an effort to peg mines earlier than the entire nation is roofed by EPOs,” Togarepi stated.
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