Zimshec To Train Small-Scale Miners

Zimshec is set to start training small-scale miners in safety, health and environmental issues nationwide.

Speaking at the sidelines of the inaugural 2021 Mining Industry Sector Awards held at State House recently, Zimshec Chairperson, Makumba Nyenje said they have partnered with the Midlands State University to start training small scale-miners.

“Recently we signed a memorandum of understanding with Midlands State University which is one of the leading universities in Zimbabwe. They have developed some modules where we will train miners on safety, health, and environmental issues.

“Those managers who are going to get a certification would be able to run the mines, observe the issues to do with the Environmental Management Agency and safety regulations by the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development,” he said.

Nyenje also said they are elated to win the Best Safety Health and Environment Programme accolade at the Mining Industry Sector awards.

“As the Zimshec Chairperson I feel honoured to be standing here, it’s a great honour to be recognized by the Head of State and Government. A great appreciation goes to the President of Zimbabwe, Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Zimbabwe Miners Federation, our mother body, and other civil organizations whom we are working with,” Nyenje said.

Zimshec is an organization founded by small-scale and artisanal miners in Zimbabwe to promote occupational health and safety, environmentally friendly and sustainable mining practices as well as reduce the number of people trapped in mines due to poor mining practices. The organization was launched on the 10th of September 2021 inspired by several trainings undertaken by the Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association(ZELA) with support from Christian Aid.