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EMA fine miners a total of $30 000

by Stephen Jakes
29 Feb 2020 at 10:03hrs | Views
ENVIRONMENTAL Management Agency (EMA) in partnership with the police have descended on chrome miners in the Midlands for excessive land degradation that has seen some miners fined $30 000.

EMA National Spokesperson Amkela Sidange in a statement said the operation is meant to address land degradation along the great dyke.

"The operation was carried out by the Agency in collaboration with the police under the auspices of the National Environmental Law Enforcement," said Sidange.

She said  a unit made up of both EMA and police personnel carried the operation that covered high chrome mining districts in the Province such as Kwekwe, Chirumanzu, Shurugwi, Zvishavane and Mberengwa.

She said a total of 659 inspections were carried out during the two weeks and an estimated 383 hectares of degraded land was established mostly from illegal chrome mining activities and from project developers who are mining in a manner that harms the environment, in violation of the conditions in their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports that they submitted before the commencement of their projects.

"Twenty-four (24) Environmental protection orders were served to such offenders compelling them to among other things, rehabilitate degraded areas, compile EIA for their projects and cease operations pending compliance to stipulated conditions in the order," reads the statement in part

Sidange said they issued 56 tickets to those violating the law with fine ranging between level 8, $3600 and level 14, $30 000.

Source - Byo24News