Financial bottlenecks hampering establishment of a computerised Mining Cadastre
Harare-Government says funds in excess of $7mln are needed to see the establishment of a Computerized Mining cadastre System to completion.
The computerised Mining Cadastre is for the management of the entire mining industry throughout the value chain, that is from licensing, actual projects implementation and marketing including accounting of production by all mining and mineral entities.
The establishment of the system has already started.
Deputy minister in the Ministry of Mining and Mining development, Fred Moyo, said consultations with the consultant hired for initial job the had been concluded and had engaged and signed a with an unnamed a contractor to effect the running of the Cadastre Mining Management System.
“The contract has already been signed with a contractor for the project operations. The project is still in its early days but funding constraints are a challenge as you know its funded by government and there is no money, It simply implies that we might not be able to complete by the time we were supposed to,” he said.
The system is meant to facilitate appropriate planning, coordination, communication, control and decision making in the Ministry’s efforts to manage the country’s mineral resources.
Moyo said the project whose total costs is about $7mln was however was experiencing slow progress due to inadequate financial support which might end up extending possible completion time.
“What I’m saying is that if project was supposed to end within a reasonable time it can be possible to stretch up stretch up to 24 months due to these funding challenges but the contract and all was signed and the processed has taken off though still in its early days,” he said.
The cadastre system will result in the modernisation of the mining title management system in line with regional and international best practices to provide for a faster and more efficient system which also offers security of tenure to investors
As the country migrates from the old system to the computerized Cadastre system, challenges of disputes due to overlapping of mining titles arising out of inherent inaccuracies are still expected in the first stages of the project’s operation.