Zimbabwe mine licence fees set to soar - state media
Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:46am GMT
HARARE Jan 25 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe is set to raise registration fees for
platinum mines to $2.5 million from the $300 it currently costs to
discourage the holding of claims for speculative purposes, state media
reported on Wednesday.
The government will soon announce the changes, which will mostly target the
growing platinum and diamond sectors, Prince Mupazviriho, the permanent
secretary in the mines ministry, told the state-controlled Herald newspaper.
The application fee for a prospector's licence for platinum would also soar,
to $500,000 from $150, the newspaper said, citing a draft schedule prepared
by the ministry.
Ministry officials could not immediately be reached.
For diamond miners, the prospecting fee will remain at $1 million, while a
fee of $5 million will be required to register a claim, it said. The
application fee for coal, coal-bed methane gas, mineral oils, natural gas
and nuclear energy mineral resources will cost $100,000, compared to $5,000
Zimbabwe's government, struggling to raise revenue as the economy slowly
recovers from a decade-long slump, has increasingly looked to the mining
sector for funding.
Finance Minister Tendai Biti said he expects $600 million cash inflows from
the diamond sector to help fund a $4 billion budget for 2012.
Biti also raised royalties on gold to 7 percent from 4.5 percent and on
platinum to 10 percent from 5 percent.