By Andwatch Mambo
Zimbabwe Mining Safety and Health and Environmental Council, an organization with a mandate of bettering the conditions of small-scale miners and artisanal miners in Zimbabwe and Africa, was launched in Bulawayo this week.
Addressing members of the organisation Deputy Chief Government engineer Tapererwa Noel said the initiative is a game changer particularly to the conditions of small-scale miners in Zimbabwe and across Africa.
“This is a brilliant idea and it was long overdue and as the ministry of mines and mining development we are very happy that the small scale miners in the private sectors are going to be complimenting government efforts to ensure that mining operations are conducted in a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly manner,” Tapererwa said.
Tapererwa also said the organisation will not only transform Zimbabwe Small scale miners but rather it’s an initiative that will change the face of Africa in the mining industry.
He further said, “This is also goes a long way in increasing the productivity of small scale miners, as you know that accidents are a huge cost to the mining Industry and so if the operations are conducted in a good environment this will go a long way in reducing their operating cost.”
Fidelity Printers association of gold buyers representative said ZIMSHEC is a solution to all the problems which small-scale miners and artisanal miners faced on their day-to-day operation.
“I am very excited about the launch of this project; I think it will play a pivotal role in safety awareness,” she said.
She also said, “as a representative from Fidelity Printers we welcome them on board and we are ready to engage with them.”
The association run with a motto: “Zero harm is achievable.”