Eunica Pabwaungana -Shurugwi Community Development Trust
29 March 2022
Long lasting friendship is usually built upon transparency and accountability.
Ward 16 and 19 communities
gathered at Unki mine Gazebo Nyathi campgrounds in Shurugwi. This was a fifth
Community Engagement Forum (CEF) meeting which is done quarterly following the
grievances by the community some few years ago and the consensus to meet regularly.
The community agreed that 2 community representatives (gender balanced) should
be elected in each local village to represent the community as advocates.
On Thursday 4 March 2022 members gathered at Gazebo included 4 Unki Mine
representatives (the Social performance manager (Chairperson), Social
performance clerk , Social performance officer) Councilor from Ward 19
the host community ,Chief Banga, environmental human right defenders and
community monitors who are members of the CEF.
After a word of
prayer previous meeting minutes were read and seconded to be true
The Social Performance
manager gave feedback of water and air samples which they took together with
the Environmental Management Agency (EMA). Unki mine offloaded their tailings
dam in January but the community complained of water turbidity, in February
Unki mine stopped the water after taking some samples together with EMA. The
mine will plant grass at the tailings dam to avoid dust . All air sampling
points had dust baskets which have now been vandalized by the community.
Unki Mine mentioned the Dzikamidzi borehole project that was completed and 3
more to be drilled. The SP manager explained that in 2021 Unki mine paid a land
developing levy of seven hundred and fifty _four thousand US$ 754 000 to
Tongogara Rural District Council (TRDC) and sixty _ eight thousand five hundred
and sixty US$ 68 560 to Shurugwi town council. In 2022 Unki mine is expecting
to carry many projects in Shurugwi in different sectors together with World
vision as a consultant.
- In the health sector Unki is targeting to donate at least nine
hundred and fifty thousand US$ 950 000 to the host community which is ward 19
by building toilets and drilling of boreholes.
- Pen fattening is already being done in wards 12, 24 and15.
- Poultry in ward 11, 12 and 14
- Unki mine promised to help children and upgrade 16 schools in
Shurugwi including Chironde Primary and Secondary.
said it will not be able to recruit anyone who has less than 3 Ordinary Level