REDCLIFF– Chinese-run cement conglomerate, Livetouch Investments (PVT) LTD, has complimented the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) in uplifting small scale gold miners following the recent handover by the former of mining equipment valued at a whopping $2million to the later.
Livetouch Investments Chief Executive Officer Mr Dongning Wang said the donation, which includedbow-mills, electric motors and compressors was meant to capacitate small scale miners who has mines but with no equipment to operate fully.
“At first batch, what we can do is there is equipment worth around USD$2 million that we are giving to ZMF but very soon we want to open this operation nation-wide. This equipment is very small in quantities but we are going to bring more if the (working) cooperation goes smoothly”, Wang said.
The Redcliff-based cement manufacturers also said that they decided to join hands with ZMF in the pursuit of capacitating small-scale miners across the country.
“We are focusing on these small scale miners who do have their nice claims but do not have capacities to produce enough to do their own family good, or to do the nation’s good so we engage with ZMF to provide them with the necessary equipment; necessary services such as casting milling station, transportation services so that they can release their potential to increase their production abilities”, he said.
Speaking during the same event, ZMF president Henrietta Rushwaya expressed gratitude towards the donation and said the partnership was birthed in a bid to consolidate government efforts in achieving the set gold output targets for the year 2019.
The projected gold out-put target for this year stands at 40 tons. Rushwaya also assured miners that the donation will, accordingly, reach its anticipated beneficiaries.
“This contribution goes a long way in ensuring that the small scale mining sector will actually increase the gold output to outwit the 40 tones that the government has earmarked for 2019 and by so doing, we are also trying to ensure that there is more production in the sector”, Rushwaya said.
We will make sure the donation received will go towards the intended recipients, (and) by so doing this will enable all the relevant centers across the eight mining regions to come up with proper structures that will enable the miners- be it the small scale miners or artisanal miners- to be properly organized and formalized”.