WHAT IS A SMALL SCALE MINING LICENSE
What is a Small Scale Mining License?
Who can Apply for a Small Scale Mining License?
What are the Requirements for Obtaining a Small Scale Mining License?
To obtain a small-scale mining license in Zambia, the applicant must meet the following
- Identification Documents: The applicant must provide a valid national identification card or
- Mining Plan: The applicant must submit a comprehensive mining plan that outlines the
proposed mining operations, including the type of minerals to be mined, the equipment to
be used, the proposed mining method, and the anticipated production levels.
- Financial Capability: The applicant must demonstrate that they have the financial resources
to undertake the proposed mining operations, including the purchase of equipment,
payment of salaries, and other operational costs.
- Environmental and Social Impact Assessment: The applicant must undertake an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to assess the potential environmental and social impacts of the proposed mining operations.
- Health and Safety Plan: The applicant must submit a comprehensive health and safety plan that outlines measures to protect workers and ensure the safety of the surrounding community.
- Mining License Fees: The applicant must pay the prescribed mining license fees.
What are the Benefits of a Small Scale Mining License?
A small-scale mining license provides several benefits to the licensee, including:
- Legitimacy: A small-scale mining license gives the licensee the legal right to undertake
mining operations, making their activities legitimate.
- Access to Financing: A small-scale mining license provides access to financing from financial
institutions, enabling the licensee to acquire equipment, pay salaries, and meet other
- Security of Tenure: A small-scale mining license provides security of tenure, ensuring that
the licensee can operate without fear of eviction or interference from other parties.
- Revenue Generation: A small-scale mining license allows the licensee to generate revenue
through the sale of minerals, which can be used to support their families and communities.
What are the Challenges of Obtaining a Small Scale Mining License?
Obtaining a small-scale mining license in Zambia is not without its challenges. Some of the key
- Lack of Information: Many small-scale miners lack information on the requirements for
obtaining a small-scale mining license, making it difficult for them to comply with the
- Limited Financial Resources: Many small-scale miners lack the financial resources required to
undertake the ESIA, health, and safety assessments, and other requirements for obtaining a
- Limited Technical Knowledge: Many small-scale miners lack the technical knowledge
required to develop a comprehensive mining plan, making it difficult for them to meet the
requirements for obtaining a license.