SMALL SCALE MINERS CALL FOR REVIEW OF OPERATIONS FEES
Written by yafmnews on June 28, 2019
Small Scale and Artisanal miners have called on mining authorities to review operation fees on taxes and license to put to halt the one size fits all approach which has seen their fee payment being almost equivalent to those of medium scale hence derailing their growth.
Speaking to Great Dyke News reporter Fadzai Munodawafa, artisanal miners said some fees charges are beyond the reach of majority miners.
They however said they are willing to work guided by the confines of the law.
Taxes small scale miners are expected to pay include environmental Impact Assessment from the Environmental Management Agency, and operations to Ministry of Mines and Mining Development as well as Rural District Councils.
Government this week approved the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill which is expected to revamp Zimbabwe’s media environment.
Addressing the media, Media, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa said the bill outlines the operations and mandate the Zimbabwe Media Commission.
Speaking during a tour of Ya FM Radio station this week the Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media and Broadcasting Services Honorable Settlement Chikwinya said the passing of the bills into law would require the involvement of all stakeholders.
Traditional healers under the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association (ZINATHA) say they working jointly with Ministry of Health in curing Sexual Transmitted Diseases which appear rampant within the mining communities..
Speaking to Great Dyke News reporter Stephen Mawarire, Traditional healer Chipo Gava from Mandava in Zvishavane said they have assisted a lot of people with certain Sexual Transmitted Infections.
She went on to encourage parents to educate their children on traditional norms and values to curb the prevailing moral and cultural decay.
Statistics from the National Aids Council last year revealed a worrying trend with 271 and 289 STI cases recorded in the first and second quarters respectively.