Small-scale miners call for a lifting of illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe

By Courage Bushe

SMALL-scale miners have high hopes that the Second Republic’s engagement and re-engagement efforts have set the tone for the removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West.

The Midlands province is endowed with various minerals such as gold, chrome and platinum, but the illegal sanctions have slowed down the development of the sector, hence key players are not getting what is commensurate with their sweat.

Zvishavane is a clear example with most of the miners failing to purchase the latest machinery due to trade barriers.

“As small scale Miners in the district, we have been directly and indirectly affected by the embargo in such a way that we are failing to attract foreign investors because they fear sanctions,” said one of the miners.

“We can’t directly purchase machinery and equipment because of various factors that the sanctions brought on us. For instance, if you are from Zimbabwe you are not allowed to buy machinery on credit because they say we are under sanctions,” added another.

Despite the effects of the illegal sanctions imposed on the country, the Second Republic has, however, come up with robust measures contained in the National Development Strategy One, meant to transform the country into an upper-middle-income economy by 2030.

Zimbabwe has also been on a diplomatic offensive through the engagement and re-engagement drive led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who has made it clear that the country is a friend to all and enemy to none.

SADC has also set aside the 25th of October as the Anti-Sanctions Day in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe in their quest to have the illegal sanctions lifted.

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