Women silica miners wants middlemen removed

Lack of weigh bridges has hindered progress for women cooperatives in Mufulira doing silica mining.

The women have raised concern over the suspicious way middle men are handling weighing and payment of their silica loads.

Josephine Bwalya a representative for women in silica mining said the miners rely on middle men to trade silica.

“There is no proper documentation of the tonnage, making cheating possible,” said Bwalya, adding that women only get K70 per ton of silica stones.

Meanwhile Emeralds and Semi-precious Stone Association of Zambia President Victor Kaleshi is saddened by the development.

Kaleshi said it has come to light that the middlemen who supply the silica to the mines get K275 per ton and only pay miners K70 per ton.

The Association is working tirelessly with other stakeholders to remove middlemen for miners to sale stones directly to the mines.

Kaleshi has assured women that negotiations with authorities to find a solution are on-going.

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