• Zimbabwe Parliamentary Committe Warns Over Artisanal Gold Miners

    The Herald Business Reporter ARTISANAL and small-scale miners (ASMs) may have contributed over half the 24,8 tonnes of gold Zimbabwe produced last year, but their unregulated activities might be causing more harm than good to the environment, according to findings of a study by Parliament. Findings of the research by Parliament concluded that while Zimbabwe desperately needed foreign currency for its imports dependent economy, it was critical for artisanal miners to be regulated before they caused further damage to the environment and livelihoods of other land users. Artisanal miners’ activities have raised concern even as gold, which most extract, is Zimbabwe’s most strategic mineral, accounting for over 50 percent of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. This is because empirical evidence has shown that the benefits might be coming at a huge cost to the country, Parliament noted. Over the years, artisanal miners have proven that they have capacity to surpass

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