Tendai Guvamombe (Environmental Reporter)
Government says all mining activities taking place in National Parks and riverbanks is to stop with immediacy.
This follows some activities recently reported in Chimanimani Mountains and Hwange National Parks. These also alarmed environmentalists and activists.
“Mining on areas held by National Parks is banned with immediate effect. Steps are being undertaken to immediately cancel all mining title held in National Parks.”
“All riverbed alluvial and riverbed mining on rivers is banned with immediate effect, except on the Save and Angwa rivers where desiltation will be allowed under very strict conditions,” says Monica Mutsvangwa during Post Cabinet Press Briefing held this Tuesday.
The development will see players in the mining sector having to seek Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Site Plan requites.
“All holders of mining title are required to obtain approval of EIA and acceptance of Site Plan Works by the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development. This position will be strictly reinforced by the two Ministries responsible for Mines and Environment.”