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Mnangagwa calls for responsible mining

by Staff reporter
01 Dec 2023 at 05:04hrs | Views
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged stakeholders in the mining industry to engage in responsible mining practices that ensure environmental sustainability. Speaking during the Commissioning of the Bikita Minerals (PVT) Ltd Spodumene and Petalite Processing Plants in Bikita, Masvingo province, the President addressed challenges faced by the mining sector, including land degradation, dams and river siltation, and water and air pollution.

Emphasizing Zimbabwe's commitment to supplying vital resources globally for shared prosperity, Mnangagwa stated, "We will, therefore, continue to exercise good stewardship over the many natural resources in our country, by ensuring that stakeholders in the sector practice responsible mining that guarantees environmental sustainability."

The Responsible Mining Initiative launched by the administration prioritized environmental concerns and aimed at protecting natural ecosystems and resources for current and future generations. Mnangagwa highlighted the efforts to minimize environmental harm and biodiversity loss while maximizing benefits for investors and the people of Zimbabwe.

Acknowledging the importance of lithium in the journey to net zero, Mnangagwa mentioned his attendance at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) in the United Arab Emirates. He expressed Zimbabwe's commitment to placing people, nature, lives, and livelihoods at the center of the climate action agenda.

Commending the Sinomine Resource Group for investing over US$300 million in various stages of the project, Mnangagwa noted its contribution to achieving the target of a US$12 billion mining economy by year-end. The expansion of the Petalite Plant and increased throughput should have broader ripple effects, leading the President to call for additional investments in related value chains such as glass, enamel, and ceramics manufacturing, aligning with the expansion of the construction and manufacturing industrial base.

Source - newzimbabwe