By Rumbidzai Chiriseri.
Small scale miners have nothing to fear as security will be guaranteed at the Minex Shamva expo set for the 26th of March, 2020 in the mining town in Mashonaland Central province.
Following a number of reports concerning machete-wielding gangs attacking miners in different mining towns, the Shamva Miners Association, which is partnering Minex in organising the event says Shamva has been spared from the activities of the marauding gangs and the mining town is safe to host the Minex conference and exhibition.
Shamva Miners association Chairperson Masimba Mupaya said the chosen venue for the expo is very close to the police station hence there will be enough security throughout the event.
“Shamva is ready for the Minex expo, everything is now in order. On the issue of security, there will be enough security during the event.
“We haven’t heard any case of machete-wielding gangs so far but for security reasons, we have talked to the police to provide security during the event.
“Also, the venue is just a kilometre away from the police station so both miners and exhibitors should feel free to come and participate during the event,” he said.
Mupaya added that they have mobilised a number of miners and more than one hundred and fifty have so far confirmed their attendance.
“We are still mobilising miners to attend and more than one hundred and fifty have so far confirmed that they will attend,” he added.
Minex is a physical and virtual platform that brings together players within the small-scale mining value chain to provide technical, financial and sustainable mining solutions to small scale miners.
It is held in areas where small-scale mining activities are high with the aim to reach and expose small-scale miners to the market, equipment suppliers, financiers, regulatory authorities and other critical stakeholders. Minex also gives the miners a platform to dialogue and network with various players in the mining value chain.