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Black granite miners chided


Mutoko North MP Rambidzai Nyabote (Zanu PF) has blasted black granite mining companies for failing to invest in communities where they are harvesting the resource.

Nyabote made the remarks at a tour of Richbasin Minerals cutting and polishing plant by Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Implementation of Government Programmes minister Jorum Gumbo in Mutoko recently.

“We have a serious concern which should be addressed. Our investors in the black granite stone mining are not rehabilitating these roads. There are a lot of potholes on the roads that they use,” Nyaboto said.

“We have 11 companies that mine granite stone in Mutoko and our wish is for them to pay attention to these roads that they use to transport the resource. Let them work on putting tar on these roads. We recommend that they work on doing that every year until the stretch of the road they use is tarred.”

Black granite mining in Mutoko started in 1972, but the district still ranks one of the poorest in the country despite being home to the precious resource.

There are similar concerns from communities across the country where they accuse mining companies of causing environmental degradation and failing to develop the areas they are extracting minerals.

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