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Villagers Up In Arms With Miner Pegging Claims In Graveyards, Farming Land

Villagers Up In Arms With Miner Pegging Claims In Graveyards, Farming Land

Villagers in Ntola in Umzingwane, Matabeleland South are furious after a gold mining company, Heywood Mining pegged claims in graveyards, at a school and on their farming land.

NewsDay Zimbabwe reports that villagers are accusing traditional leaders of being complicit in the parcelling out of mining claims on their land to the miner. One anonymous villager is quoted as saying:

We are saddened by the fact that our Chief had a meeting at Cresta Churchill Hotel with the miner on Saturday last week. He informed us that he was sent by the miner to apologise on their behalf and that they wish to have a positive relationship with the villagers.

It raises eyebrows to learn that our Chief seems to be in agreement with the miner. He told us that the miner will continue mining despite our disapproval. We are the villagers who are affected, the matter was supposed to be discussed in our midst.

 Matabeleland South mining director, Khumbulani Mlangeni confirmed the misunderstandings between the villagers and miner adding that there is a “pending multi-stakeholder visit.” 

Mzinyathini Chief Stanley Gwebu said after the community had started illegally mining for gold in the area it enticed the Heywood miner to seek permission to mine the area.

The traditional leader added that the miner had wished to engage the people, but bringing the two parties might be a grave mistake because the villagers are not willing to compromise on the issue.

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4 Comments

Manikiniki 1 month ago

Obviously the chief has shares on those claims


Zinja 1 month ago

Mining can be done in graveyards. It depends on what type of mining is taking place so pegging isbvery normal. It only shows that the place belongs to someone in terms of mining. Shaft mining is done hundreds of meters below the surface and it's not done in the graves but under.


. 1 month ago

The miner is definitely a foreigner. The Rudd Concession that led to colonisation was crafted around mining rights. We are slowly and surely loosing our land, future generations will definitely doubt our intellect.


Mukadota 1 month ago

GOLD IS EVIL



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