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Zinwa bids to chase away mining firm


The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) is seeking ways to halt a $100 million coal mining project by a local mining concern,
Liberation Mining, near the Gwayi-Shangani Dam.
Zinwa says plans to stop the project were meant to avoid polluting the water source expected to solve Bulawayo’s perennial water problems.
Liberation Mining was recently given the green light to mine in the water catchment area under unclear circumstances and has already moved onto the site.
Sources said the company had set aside over $100 million for mining coal in Gwayi and its South African partner, Lontoh Coal, has already released $2 million for the project.
The firm is expected to start mining by the end of the year.
However, the mining concern was yet to carry out an environmental impact assessment study before starting operations.
The company has, however, begun exploratory drilling to get samples and has cleared vast tracks of land. Zinwa Gwayi Catchment area manager Fortune Musoni said they wanted the immediate withdrawal of the coal mining company from the site.
Musoni said they believed construction of the dam was a priority. He said relevant stakeholders would soon meet to find a legal framework to stop the company’s operations.
Liberation Mining managing director Rainor Robinson said their operations would not pose a threat to the water project.
“We want to assure all concerned that our activities will comply fully with all laws and in particular, it will not pose a threat to the Gwayi/Shangani water project,” he said.
Robinson said the company’s activities were being done with the full knowledge of the Mines ministry.
“Through our accredited agent, the Ministry of Mines is fully aware of all the preliminary activities we are undertaking and is regularly updated,’’ he said.
“The results of these activities will inform the decision to mine or not. An environmental impact assessment is being undertaken by professional consultants.”
Construction of the Gwayi-Shangani dam is the first phase of the National Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project.

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