When the Zimbabwe Environmental Law
Association ( ZELA) came in Shurugwi some years ago as citizens we thought they were employers . On attending
their meetings, ZELA encouraged communities to come in turns so
that everyone will be capacitated and have access to information on the
environment, policies , laws , business and human rights. During
the first three years only a few were fully aware of the reasons why ZELA
Shurugwi. Over the years, we have realised several
benefits of participating in these capacity building meetings.
On the 8th of
November 2021 the community from village 4 and 5 in ward 19 Chironde engaged
the ZIMALLOYS chrome mining company at Chikupa dam for an Environmental
Impact Assessment ( EIA) process verification . The company had started their
operation a week before without consulting anyone from the community even the
Councillor but they since have been stopped
by the community members through ward Councillor after failing to produce
an Environmental Impact Assessment ( EIA) document.
In attendance were the consultant
hired by the company , two mining representatives , Environmental
community monitors , Data extractors , paralegals and human rights defenders .
After some introductions the discussions
commenced in a local language so that everyone would comprehend and effectively engage in the discussions.
How the mine will operate
-Zim alloys will
do their mining operations through open cast but when the level of the ore
exceeds 15m they will do the rift mining .
employ many people from different places including locals.
-The ore will be
transported to Gweru for processing
methods will be done on hard rocks
compensate on any risk or dead cattle depending on which time of the day -those cattle who succumb to death during
will not be compensated
will maintain pegs for easy identification
-They will put a
fence within the area of operation to prevent animals from getting
-They will use
the syrene to highlight people in the sorrounding area.
will reduce speed when they pass in the village and wet the road
to avoid danger and dust.
Community demanded benefits like
improved roads , scooping of Chikupa dam , borehole drilling , rehabilitaion of
open pits , tributaries if possible . Company to follow all regulations , respect and report all graves if they come across one.