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Afrochine Shelve Plans To Mine Chrome In Mavuradonha Citing "Toxic Media Attention"

Afrochine Shelve Plans To Mine Chrome In Mavuradonha Citing

Chinese chrome miner Afrochine has underscored that it has no intentions to start operations in Mavuradonha due to what it cited as “toxic media attention” against the entity and perceived anti-investor sentiments.

The company, which also mines chrome in Selous, holds vast claims of chrome in Mavuradonha.

Mavuradonha, a natural habitat of wildlife, has been the epicentre of squabbles between environmentalists and mining entities angling to invest in the area where Afrochine holds abundant chrome claims, according to the Independent.

Responding to some of the questions asked by the Independent, Afrochine project manager Wilfred Motsi dispelled reports that the government had banned all mining activities in Muzarabani Wilderness. He said:

If indeed there was a ban, it would have been communicated through proper government channels and gazette. To the extent that this did not take place, the alleged ban — which unfortunately the media continue to peddle — is non-existent.

Afrochine got its claims for chrome mining in the area but we have never utilised them and have no intention of carrying out mining activities in the area for now due to a number of factors, not least the toxic media attention and anti-investor sentiment that the area continues to receive which would discourage any potential business.

On the ground, we understand that there are some illegal miners, some of the black local consortia and some white, and these activities would actually constitute a prejudice on our legitimate claims.

Motsi cast blame on tourism and wildlife players for spearheading the campaign to prohibit mining activities in the area, which lies within the resource-rich Great Dyke belt in Zimbabwe.

He added that “these economic activities are legitimate and could exist side by side in the wisdom of government and economic planners.”

Motsi said there was a need to strengthen law enforcement, monitoring protocols and prosecutorial support for the protection of the environment and local communities.

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