Govt issues mining license to youths to curb illegal mining

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The Zambian government has issued small-scale mining licences to youths in Chingola town on the Copperbelt Province to curb rising illegal mining activities.

Nchanga Member of Parliament Chali Chilombo presented the license to the youths. 

“The move is one of the government’s plans to empower young people in the district,

“The decision will reduce cases of illegal mining in the district, which has seen many illegal miners dying,” Chilombo said. 

He said all young people that would be working on slag dumps would be trained in safety measures to avoid accidents. 

“Please let’s not fight over this site. Let’s work in harmony and ensure all working safety precautions are put in place before operations start,” Chilombo said. 

Chairperson of the small-scale miners in the district KabasoMulenga commended the government for the commitment to empowering young people.

“To the youths let us ensure that the operations and distribution of resources are done in a transparent and equitable manner because no levels of selfishness will be entertained,” he said. 

Zambia has been grappling with illegal mining activities especially on the Copperbelt province, as youths mine copper on slag dumps and disused pits.- XINHUA  

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