|Small-scale miners’ fee hike reversed|
|Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:00|
Zvamaida Murwira and Kuda Bwititi in Bubi
royalty fees by up to 5 000 percent earlier this year, sparking an outcry from stakeholders in the sector.
Minister Dr Obert Mpofu said the review of the mining fees will be directed at small-scale miners.
“The ministry has taken a position to reduce all mining fees, especially for small-scale miners, to make it easier for them to carry out their operations. We have listened to what the small-scale miners have said on the mining fees and we have acted promptly because mining is now the backbone of the economy so we need to protect the sector and ensure that we get maximum benefits,” he said.
Dr Mpofu said Government was in the process of formulating new measures to ensure that small-scale miners operated without facing too many hassles.