Lesotho Parliament Passes Small Scale Mining Law | Land Portal
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Bereng Mpaki writing in the Lesotho Times provides background on the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill which seeks to legalise artisanal and  small scale mining. This had previously been outlawed by the Mines and Minerals Act, 2005.

According to the the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Natural Resources, Tourism and Land Cluster Portfolio Committee  the Bill sought to alleviate poverty by empowering locals to venture into mining.

“The objective of the bill is for the government to work towards recognising and repositioning the artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) sub-sector in mining of precious stones to alleviate poverty,”

“The Bill seeks to remedy the lacuna in the 2005 Act where artisanal or small-scale miners of precious stones had no recognition, were not licensed or permitted to mine".

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