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    Friday, 19 February 2016

    Zvishavane residents concerned with open shafts

    Elizabeth Mashiri
    Zvishavane Bureau

    – Residents of Zvishavane Town have expressed grave concern over many shafts that have been left unfilled at the end of the lifespan of many mines in the area.
    They said that this did not only pose a danger to life but the open shafts accelerated environmental degradation.
    The residents were speaking at a workshop organised by the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Oxfam, Institution of Sustainability in Zimbabwe and Urban Council of Zimbabwe to look into how the mining laws affect communities and how they can be adjusted in case there is a need.
    It was also noted that there was a clash between miners and farmers. The workshop was held at Pote Hotel.
    Law Society of Zimbabwe deputy secretary Wilbert Mandinde who spoke to The Mirror after the meeting said that the purpose of the meeting was to validate what people think concerning laws that affect them and then try to influence legal reform in specific areas of the new Constitution.
    Residents said the problems of shafts that are left unfilled after mining can be minimised if Government legalised artisanal mining.
    "We are here to validate what people think about laws that affect them for instance in Zvishavane we look at mining, local governance, environmental issues and agricultural issues.
    "I can say that after this meeting we have seen that agriculture is in conflict with mining as mines are pegged in farms and the miners will not even care to relocate the owners of the farm instead they proceed with mining activities. So these are the issues we will give to law writers to address.
    "We also want the issues of open shafts to be looked at so that they are laws which really pin individuals or companies on the hook if they do not close shafts," said Mandinde.news
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