Zimbabwe’s black granite faces possible ban

A LOCAL civic group representing the interests of Mutoko residents has launched a campaign to lobby the international community to ban granite stone exports from Zimbabwe, citing alleged plunder of the resource by politicians and mining companies.

Zvichapera Chiwayawaya

The Mutoko Community Forum (MCF) says local communities have not benefited much from the exploitation of the mineral resource despite it being a high exporter earner.

Speaking during a peace-building workshop organised by the Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation Trust in Harare last Friday, MCF secretary-general Abel Mavura said his organisation was lobbying the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and world leaders to consider an immediate ban of Zimbabwe’s expensive rock.

Black granite rakes in millions of dollars in export  earnings mainly from  South Africa, Australia, Belgium and other major markets.

Activists have, however, condemned the exploitation of the mineral that has left communities in the mining areas wallowing in poverty with environmental decay takes its toll.

“We are lobbying destinations or countries where the rock is exported. We will lobby trade unions such as Cosatu to push world leaders and trade unions from recognising Zimbabwe’s black granite,” Mavura said. “There is no fair distribution of wealth, remuneration for workers is exploitative, no safety regulations and the community continue to live in poverty.”

Recently, members of the Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers’ Association were arrested for staging a protest march against negligence by mining companies operating in the area.

“It is difficult to engage the local authority because they are benefiting out of the system. We have tried to engage them, but we have failed. Politicians have been bribed,” he claimed.

Natural Stone Export Company is one of the companies that have been mining the precious stone in Mutoko since 19 72.

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17 Comments

  1. This is a misinformed organisation going against Zimasset and just seeking attention.Black granite mining is transparent. It’s marketing involves the government through MMCZ. The workers are paid according to government regulations. The mining is controlled by EMA and the ministry of mines mining engineer inspectors who often charges hefty fines if a company is found doing wrong. Cosatu is useless and can not help them. One has to visit Marikana Rusternburg area where platinum and black granite mines are and see that the communities and workers a poorer than Zimbabwe. Cosatu itself could not help its own miners for many years until a new union AMCU came onto the scene resulting in the Marikana massacre.
    What we need in Zim is organisations which are progressive than destructive. We need ideas to grow economy around zimasset. This organisation must do its home work properly. Hasn’t the government put the community share ownership scheme in place to take care of the local communities ?

  2. after banning the operations, the following week you start crying for company closures in zim. poor way of thinking. solve the problem chete

  3. RED – Quarries & Blocks is another company that is mining granite in the Mutoko area. The labour force who work at the quarries aren’t being treated fairly. Another major concern is the enviromental and health impact. Are they following international standards in their activities? Are they paying taxes to the local council to develop the roads, schools, hospitals, water, electricity and other infrastructure in the area? Why should local people not benifit from their own resources? The problem isn’t just with the mining companies, the problem is with the politicians in Har-are that have been bribed. RED – Quarries & Blocks is an Ital-ian company and I have seen racist Rho-dies (not all of them are ra-cist) humiliate, abuse and threaten indig-enous Afr-icans, which is wrong.

  4. RED – Quarries & Blocks is another company that is mining granite in the Mutoko area. The labour force who work at the quarries aren’t being treated fairly. Another major concern is the enviromental and health impact. Are they following international standards in their activities? Are they paying taxes to the local council to develop the roads, schools, hospitals, water, electricity and other infrastructure in the area? Why should local people not benifit from their own resources?

  5. brainless secretary-general ABEL.enemy of progress.Ndimi vachaira mombe nedemo vana Abhero.

  6. Mr Abel, I am sure your “engines” are grossly misfiring. You do not call for a ban at this point in time. A ban! Do you not see that the economy of the country is in bad shape. The least you could do is to expose, engage, expose and engage, and engage until the system in Mutoko reaches proper balance and realignment. It is good you have seen something but you equally make serious allegations in your bubbles. Please proceed to do an intensive and thorough investigation of your stories, detailed analyses of whom you have seem, spoken to including Government officials and politicians, quarrying companies in the area, the communities involved and the whole stories since 1972 (as you put it). A detailed analysis and report thus produced would then be distributed to key ministries first for auctioning. I am sure the Hon Minister F Nhema would love to read the narrations and where sinister conducts have occurred, various other Ministries would come in and take relevant actions. Hey, you need to think deep before you simply shout to the very same world that has brought horror and sanctions to this country. Sit back and do it properly my fellow citizen. Your engines are seriously misfiring!

  7. You may be right but why don’t you engage you MP to try and have your concerns looked at. Certainly that MP if he/she is there should be able to do something.

    On another note one of those rocks fell on a bridge along the Harare/Nyamapanda highway and caused extensive damage.

    What is gvt policy on transportation of the huge rocks as surely they pose a danger to the community. Imagine that rock falling on a vehicle or something. Surely is will be disastrous.

  8. its a disturbing trend yekuti when we have problems we run kunoreva kunze kunevanhu vasinei nesu, we should learn to confront our problems and solve them by ourselves, its a mamoth task but we should find a way

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  10. Comrade Mabhunu Muchapera

    I concur with you comrade and this is a brilliant move there is a conflict of interest on the mining of black granite some of the people varikudzvinyirira community they try by all means to block initiatives that are there to ensure that the community benefits from its resources… maroads haachatarisike mamutoko ukasvika nzvimbo idzi there is land degradation destruction of sacred places” this is good at least we can start debating around this…

  11. Comrade Mabhunu enyu

    Yes I concur with you comrade and this is a brilliant move there is a conflict of interest on the mining of black granite some of the people varikudzvinyirira community they try by all means to block initiatives that are there to ensure that the community benefits from its resources… maroads haachatarisike mamutoko ukasvika nzvimbo idzi there is land degradation destruction of sacred places” this is good at least we can start debating around …

  12. Ndizvozvo Chaizvo

    Kusvika MaCommunities aakubenefita we will benefit this is very clear and evidenced that these mining companies and whoever is involved they are stealing from the community….

  13. there is nothing not known by thoz officials controlling the mining.govt officials are looting.go anywhere wher the govt now assumes control,the ppl are living in the worst of worst than it was b4.zanu pf thugs wen they pay yo area a visit u are doomed.go to zvishavane,chegutu kwekwe and every other mining area u will understand my points

  14. Guys, since when have politicians ever listened to anyone in Zimbabwe. Dont pretend as if one can actually engage those politicians zvichishanda. Yes they shud be banned …at least they stay in ZImbabwe mumakomo imomo pane kuti they are looted still and mari yacho hamuione anyway. Pamberi nemi va ABel….keep fighting Bru….. Mutoko has been looted black granite for the last 10 to 15 years especially by that Italian company. Development hakuna…. I am sure Logan Smith is one of the looters hence his response

  15. Yaah zvakaoma munhu akavapa bvumo yekuchera matombo aya ndiye arikuguta chete apa.GVT yedu inokundwa kufunga nanaChaminuka naLobengula

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