Mineral Resources Accounting through Inspections
The MMCZ Inspectorate department was established in July 2010 to ensure the effective accounting of national mineral resources through sound inspectorate and monitoring strategies in line with the Corporation’s policies and control systems.
Inspectors are appointed in terms of Section 3 of Statutory Instrument 109 of 1983. They are deployed at major mining houses to witness production, weighing, packaging and sealing of minerals. To augment this function, samples of minerals are collected from time to time and are sent for assaying to determine value of the product. For bulk cargo, weighbridges are used to verify weights. Mineral audit exercises are conducted from time to time and Inspectors focus on:-
- The systems and procedures that relate to prevention of leakages
- The maintenance of records relating to production, storage, movement, and sale of minerals.
- The systems and procedures that relate to prevention of corrupt practices.
- The prevention of collusion by officers in the system.
Inspectors are empowered to:
- Enter any premises of any person who mines, owns or possesses any mineral.
- Examine and make any extracts from, any copies of, records relating to the production or sales of any minerals in and outside Zimbabwe.
- Demand from any person an explanation of any entries in any record referred to in (2) above.
- Seize and remove any record which affords evidence of a contravention of the MMCZ Act.
- For the purposes of examination or production as evidence, seize and remove without payment, any sample or specimen of any minerals which are subject to any investigation and shall be required to issue a receipt in respect of anything seized. If circumstances permit, the minerals so seized shall be returned to the owner upon conclusion of the enquiry or investigation.
In terms of S.I 109 of 1983, no person shall:-
- Contravene or fail to comply with, any request, requirement or demand lawfully made under these regulations.
- Furnish any information required under, or for the purpose of, these regulations, which he knows to be false or does not know or believe to be true.
- Hinder, obstruct or delay an Inspector in the exercise of his powers or the performance of his duties under these regulations.