Mining companies may negotiate license fees they pay to Zimbabwe’s government if they can prove they can’t afford newly proposed tariffs, the Chronicle said, citing a mines ministry official it didn’t identify.
The ministry last month proposed that mining licenses be raised to $1,000 per hectare from $10 for five licenses, irrespective of the number of permits, or claims as they are known, the Bulawayo-based Chronicle said. Gold-buying licenses may be doubled to $5,000 a year, it added.
Registration of a platinum license may rise to $2.5 million from $300, while the price of a platinum prospector’s license will climb to $500,000 from $150, according to proposals seen by the Chronicle.
The proposed fee increase hasn’t been made public or signed into law.