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MINES, MINERALS ACT TO BE REVISED

THE Mines and Minerals Act of 2015 is to be revised by Government in a bid to allow for proper regulation of the mining industry.

One of the issues to be looked at is incorporating of gold as a strategic mineral in the Act so that it is well managed.

This was revealed by Acting Mines Director in the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development, Brighton Kateka during a visit to Northwestern Recently.

“We also have issues like Zambia is a member of the International Great Lakes Region which has set rules and regulations which are given to us, President Edgar Lungu has already signed with other Heads of State, we need to domesticate these and incorporate them into our Act,” he said.

Mr Kateka said Zambian contractors have observed and complained that they are not being given sufficient businesses in terms of contracts by the mining companies and therefore, the review of the Act will address such challenges so that people can benefit.

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