Minex Southern Region Rescheduled to 13 June

The Minex Southern Region expo organizers have rescheduled the event from the 10th of June to the 13th of June 2022, Great Dyke News 24 reports.

A statement released by Minex Chairman Munyaradzi Hwengwere said the change is due to the fact that the guest of honour for the event has to attend a key national project on the scheduled date.

“The Minex Southern Region Expo has been moved forward by three days from the 10th of June to the 13th of June 2022. The change in dates is due to the fact that the Guest of Honour, Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Honourable Winston Chitando has to attend the commissioning by President Emmerson Mnangagwa of a key national mining project on the 10th of June 2022.

“The Ministry of Mines and Mining Development has therefore requested that we shift the event by three days from the 10th to the 13th of June 2022.

“Given the importance of ensuring key stakeholders attend to miners concerns, we have acceded to this request.

“We trust and believe that all miners will use the interactive Minex platform to engage in ways that ensure that concerns critical to the growth of the sector are attended to. The venue remains the same. 

“Our sincere apologies for the inconveniences caused to our miners, exhibitors, and sponsors,” said Hwengwere.

Speaking during the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe Annual General Meeting in Victoria Falls last week Minister Chitando revealed that the government is working on the amendments of the Mines and Minerals Act to address the concerns of miners. 

He added that one of the key amendments to the bill is on the definition of small-scale miners.

“We do have amendments to the Mines and Minerals Act which are being concluded by the Attorney Generals’ office. One of the key amendments is the definition of small-scale miners. We expect to support small-scale miners. One of the challenges which we have had in terms of coming up with sector-specific assistance for scale miners is that there are no enabling legal framework guidelines.

“There is a role for both big players and small-scale miners. The government came up with the responsible mining initiative, which we will be reinforcing in the next few weeks,” he said.

The Minex expo will be graced by delegates from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development, Zimbabwe Miners Federation, Fidelity Printers, and Refiners, Environmental Management Agency (EMA), the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, National Social Security Authority (NSSA), Minerals Border Control Unit (MBCU), Mimosa, Zimshec, and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA).