EMA pounces on Chrome mining activities in Midlands Province

Environmental Reporter

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has in the past two weeks descended on Chrome Mine in Midlands Province in a move to address environmental degradation.

According to a Press Statement released early last week EMA is determined to urgently act on the illegal activities that has led to environmental mismanagement at Chrome Mine.

“The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) in its mandate to protect the environment, is bracing itself to fight the scourge as environmental violations have reached unprecedented levels. Among these several environmental violations is land degradation from chrome mining activities.”

“In many cases this has led to the mismanagement of the environment subsequently resulting in the rise of environmental law violations.”

Against this background EMA and ZRP under the auspices of the National Environmental Law Enforcement Unit two weeks jointly embarked on an operation to address the illigalities taking place various places of Midlands Province.

“The Agency descended on the chrome mining activities in the Midlands Province during the past two weeks to address land degradation from such mining activities along the Great Dyke.”

“The operation was carried out by the Agency in collaboration with ZRP under the auspices of the National Environmental Law Enforcement Unit made up of both EMA and ZRP personnel. The operation covered high chrome mining districts in the Province such as Kwekwe, Chirumanzu, Shurugwi, Zvishavane and Mberengwa. ”

The operation was a respond to complains made by the general citizens resulting in the prosecution of environmental violators. A total of 659 inspections were carried out while 24 Environmental protection orders were saved to offenders. This ignited issuence of 56 tickets with fines ranging between level 8(ZWL 3600) and 14(ZWL 30000).

The Environmental Management Agency commented the positive works carried out in the area through rehabilitation from the 383 hectares of degraded land.

“It was also established during the same operation that a total of 83.75 hectares of previously degraded land was rehabilitated most by backfilling; and as EMA we want to commend this as one of the best sustainable environmental practices and thus encourage all miners to rehabilitate land after mining.

Tendai Guvamombe
the authorTendai Guvamombe