The Clarity Group, a Jersey-headquartered private mining company with gold interests in Zimbabwe, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bubi Small-Scale Miners’ Association to bring gold milling facilities close to their operations.
The Clarity Group comprises Duration Gold Ltd, Whetstone Minerals Ltd and Clarity Capital Ltd, all of which appended their signatures.
Under the arrangement, the Clarity Group will design and build five eco-friendly custom milling sites in Bubi, Matabeleland and run education and training courses on a wide range of subjects for participating miners, including mineral opportunity identification, mineral prospecting, environmental protection, gold processing and smelting, health and safety best practices and business skills training.
Group chairman and president Allan Dolan said the company would replicate the pilot capacity-building programme in all regions in which it operates.
“Clarity, Duration and Whetstone are pleased to join with the BSSMA in this important endeavour, benefiting not only local small miners, but also the Bubi community at large,” Dolan said.
“It is our hope that this initiative, the first of its kind, will become the model for future collaborations in other regions where the Clarity Group operates, but also across Zimbabwe drawing in other members of the mining community.”
The gold milling facilities will enable small-scale miners to smelt and process their gold close to their operations.
The Clarity Group has also undertaken to provide mining supplies locally and to hire out machinery and skilled operators “at reasonable rates.”
The net benefit of the programme according to Dolan is the creation of a hub for sustainable businesses, as well as employment creation in the Bubi community.
Clarity Group’s Duration Gold Limited aims to piece up its gold projects in the country into a large gold mining house.
The company has an extensive portfolio of gold mines and advanced stage projects with a resource base of approximately 4 million ounces.