By Stephen Chadenga
Confederation of Zimbabwe Miners (ZMF) president Advance Rangani Chauke has said the miners body is setting up plans to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa to appraise him on the challenges they face particularly in the gold sector.
Chauke told Radiovop in an interview on Monday that the precious metal was the savior to the country’s economic challenges given the erratic rains that affected the agriculture sector.
‘We are saying as miners that there is need to meet the President and appraise him on the challenges we face especially in gold mining,’Chauke said.
‘Gold contributes immensely to the country’s economy and given the erratic rains we received this season this sector (gold) needs special attention to ensure it realise its full potential to eradicate poverty in the country.’
He added: ‘As such we need to meet President Mnangagwa and share with him the challenges we face in gold mining and make sure that production reaches higher levels. Surely even if the agriculture does not perform well our people should not go hungry given our gold resources.’
Chauke said there was need to ensure that electricity supplies to gold mines was not interrupted to enhance production.
‘In equal measure miners struggle to access fuel and we propose that government sets up a special facility for gold miners to easily access fuel,’he said.
CZM represents the interests of medium scale miners.