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Zimbabwe: Australia to Offer Zim Miners Training

Harare — AUSTRALIA, one of the world’s leading mining powerhouses, has pledged to empower small-scale miners in Zimbabwe to enable them increase contributions to the mainstream economy.

The country aims to achieve that through a series of courses to that will culminate in the informal miners regularise their operations.

A letter the Secretary of Development Cooperation, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Zimbabwe Australian Embassy, Daniel Kark, addressed to Zimbabwe Artisanal and Small Scale Council President, Wellington Takavarasha, noted that the country has made available money the International Mining for Development to train the miners.

The letter was made available to CAJ News.

“The Australian Government, through the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC), funds and organises a programme of short courses in Australia on mining and development-related topics,” read parts of the letter.

Kark added the courses were aimed at providing a flexible and intensive learning experience for participants to gain knowledge and skills aligned with their professional priorities and responsibilities.

Some of the courses would include Mineral Policy and Economics which will be held in Perth in June and July.

“The course will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of minerals policy that inform regulatory frameworks and economics in the resource sector,” Kark said.

Another course, sponsored with be Master-class on Resource Governance, is scheduled for Brisbane during the same period as the one in Perth.

“The Master-class will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of governance in the resources sector.

“It will address principles of policy and regulatory frameworks in key areas across the life cycle of mining operations from exploration through to closure, and also the role of various stakeholder groups in governance arrangements in local, national and international contexts,” said Kark.

Kark said the courses would include lectures, interactive exercises, in open forum discussions and interact with other IM4DC participants and alumni.

“Participants will also participate in field trips where they will interact with local government departments and visit mining operations.”

Small – scale miners operations in Zimbabwe have been dogged by lack of equipment and mining knowledge resulting in reduced output.

Source – AllAfrica