MIMOSA mining company has handed equipment worth over $200 000 to small-scale miners as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
Zimbabwe Miners’ Federation spokesperson Dosman Mangisi confirmed that the platinum miners had donated 40HP and 28HP compressors, Y24 jack hammers, a set of air legs, drill steels, 25mm air hose and drill bits.
“This is quite commendable and the gesture from Mimosa will go a long way in the mechanisation of the small-scale mining sector,” Mangisi said.
Small-scale miners account for about 60% of the country’s total gold output.
Mangisi said small-scale miners were facing funding problems and appealed to other companies to emulate Mimosa’s gesture.
He said the donation would complement the government’s efforts to formalise the sector and boost production.
Last year, the amount of gold deposited at the central bank subsidiary by small-scale miners dropped to a paltry 959kg from just over two tonnes in 2012.