Government through the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development will this week sign off at least 40 gold claims across the country in efforts to boost gold production in the country.
Speaking to The Herald, Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development Fred Moyo, confirmed the signing off of the claims but would not disclose the exact number as these are handled at provincial level. Said Moyo:
We are progressively releasing gold deposits and mining land with other minerals as part of the one million hectares which we said we will release from state protected areas. But for me to then quantify the number of claims off hand is a bit difficult because these are handled by the provinces. What we are doing at our level is to sign off say a particular piece of land but then it becomes the business of the provinces and the miners how they go on to peg the land and the number of claims that will be pegged from a given piece of land.