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Chinese Chrome Miners Return To Mavhuradonha Wilderness

Chinese Chrome Miners Return To Mavhuradonha Wilderness

A Chinese mining company Afrochine has restarted mining operations inside Mavhuradonha Wilderness, a World Heritage Site candidate, barely a year after its mining activities were banned by the government.

Foreign-owned companies that include Afrochine Smelting, Earthlink Minerals, and Lebanmon Investments are reportedly exploring for chrome in areas within the site despite a July 12 High Court order barring them from doing so.

Afrochine, a subsidiary of Tsingshan which is building a US$2 billion steel plant at Manhize, now has numerous claims that have already been inspected, with more set to undergo final inspections next January and March, reported NewZimbabwe.com.

A source close to developments told the publication that gravel roads have been constructed for ease of transporting chrome ore. Said the source:

They are back and we have been made to understand they have the support of some council and Mines Ministry officials.

Efforts to shut them out have been futile as they have constructed their own roads and affected the flora and fauna in the park.

There is a danger that their activities risk the safety of animals as they are leaving open pits and risk us not getting world heritage site status.

Muzarabani Rural District Council (RDC) Chief Executive Officer Ennie Mutema and Guruve RDC’s Tinos Marisa were arrested last year by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).

They were nabbed for illegally allowing Allen Mashumba, who had been linked to Chinese nationals’ mining operations, including Afrochine, within the wilderness.

Meanwhile, Afrochine’s Wilfred Motsi said they have not started mining activities in the wilderness. He said:

We have not started anything there, these are people we have been talking about (who misrepresent). Whatever we do we are always guided by the laws of this country, particularly the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA.

Motsi said their company had started a process to verify their suppliers’ source of chrome ore, and if they had the necessary approvals. | NewZimbabwe.com

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8 Comments

Anonymous 1 month ago

The Chinese themselves will never allow a Zimbabwe company to come into China and destroy their world heritage site like the **** great wall but in Zimbabwe they can do what they want


chibhanguzaa 1 month ago

tikaziva pekuvhotera next year zvopera izvi


cde Chipopi 1 month ago

ko chinhu chavo kazve


Dzvamu 1 month ago

Solution vote for a new gvt, no one will ever be displaced by these mining companies which don't employ locals.


Grandpa Rick 1 month ago

One day Chinese will be owning 90% of Africa if not everything.
Whe whole electricity projects in Hwange abd other cities are run by Chinese, mining of lithium and chrome Chinese, major buildings are being built by Chinese most probably using their funds even if we change government failure to pay them means we owe them and they have claim of ownership on most of these properties.

Mark my words when these guys signing these deals sleep /rest then the next generation will be keft in debt and under Chinese hands. Just one day. I repeat just one day they will play their cars


1 month ago

Cars

Tindo 1 month ago

Ndikuti vene venyikazve uku, ana Makavharo vachichema kuti ma sanctions

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Bob 1 month ago

Results of look east policy maiona toparadzirwa nyika becoz of our corrupt leaders



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