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ZIMBABWEAN small scale miners are lobbying the Parliament in their efforts to convince government to review new mining fees for operations in parks and wildlife areas.

The fees were increased 60-fold recently. Miners said this was a ploy to discourage mining in national parks.

According to a Statutory Instrument (SI) 24 of 2014 fees for mining in national parks were increased form $1000 per annum to $15 000 quarterly per claim.

The new fees means miners are now required to pay $60 000 per annum.

In a letter addressed to the Parliamentary Portfolio on Mining and copied to the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs, Zimbabwe Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners Council President, Wellington Takavarasha, said the fees were against efforts to revive the mining sector.

ldquoWe write appealing against the increased tariffs to miners mining in Parks and Wildlife areas in accordance to statutory instrument (SI) 45 of 2014,rdquo reads the letter.

ldquoThe fees gazetted have been increased from USD 1,000.00 per annum to 15,000 quarterly per claim. Other increases are therein stated in that statute. This is surely against the ZIMASSET (Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation) agenda. We are thus appealing against the increases and seek your intervention,rdquo Takavarasha wrote.

Takavarasha said they were still awaiting a response from Parliament.

The letter follows acrimony between stakeholders over the issue of mining in national parks.

The hospitality sector argues mining in the national parks would affect tourist arrivals while miners argue that the sector must be given top priority owing to its potential to revive the economy.

Source : CAJ News Agency