Former Zama Zamas who have now become artisanal miners are making huge profits in the mining industry.

Earlier this year, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Olifant, handed thousands of miners in the Kimberley area, mining permits.

Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM-JV) also availed 600 hectares for artisanal diamond miners to work.

It’s been a long journey for these artisanal miners, after several marches to the Hawks, government and police.

Their operations were finally legitimised three months ago.

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