Today, the Deputy Minister in the Department of Mineral Resources will hand over mining permits to Zama Zama miners in Kimberley. This is victory for the Kimberley Zama Zamas who have been involved in a long and difficult struggle for the right to mine legally. Black First Land First (BLF) congratulates the Zama Zamas in this historic victory.
BLF notes that the process was given a blessing by former Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane. Zwane mandated senior managers in the department to ensure the regularisation of the Zama Zama miners and BLF was involved with the engagements in support of them.
BLF calls on the current Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, to make sure the Mining Charter prioritises Zama Zamas. The Mining Charter must treat them as legitimate land owners and therefore, priority miners. BLF is encouraged by the handing over of permits but calls for a comprehensive process to ensure mine workers and Zama Zamas are brought into the economic mainstream.
The struggle for the transformation of the mining sector continues. The land belongs to the Zamas Zamas – they are not criminals. BLF stands with the Zama Zamas for access to the minerals and its benefits.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)
07 June 2018
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