MATOBO Conservation Society has expressed concern at the environmental damage at How Mine and Hope Fountain Mission as a result of illegal gold panning and the illegal cutting of timber and has called for the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) to take immediate action.
LOCAL leadership in Mberengwa have complained that gold panners are continuing to dig in the district’s largest cemetery near Anesu Gold C-Mine, describing the situation as shocking.
POLICE have expressed concern over the surge in cases of gold smuggling especially at Beitbridge Border Post where some transport operators are reportedly stashing large sums of gold inside fuel tankers to evade arrest.
MINES minister Walter Chidhakwa says he will engage his Home Affairs counterpart Kembo Mohadi to get an explanation on why police in Gwanda are confiscating metal detectors from small-scale miners.
TWO gold panners that were crushed to death by their getaway truck in the early hours of Monday morning at Geelong Mine in West Nicholson met their fate after being duped by a man who claimed to be one of the security guards who guarded the mine.
ZANU PF promised heaven for illegal miners in the run-up to last year’s elections including decriminalising the industry as soon as it got a fresh mandate to rule.
VILLAGERS in Umzingwane district’s Ward 13 have appealed to the government to sniff out illegal gold panners in their area who have wreaked havoc along the Umzingwane River resulting in the deaths of a large number of livestock that are trapped in the pits.
THE government is pushing ahead with plans to legalise gold panning with legislation to that effect expected to be in place by the first half of this year.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS have warned that illegal gold panning activities in the gorges along the scenic route between Gweru and Shurugwi, popularly known as Boterekwa, pose a risk to motorists as the road faces collapse.