Coal mining didn't cause animal migration — Chinese firm

HARARE - China Africa Sunlight Energy (Pvt) Ltd has denied that its coal mining activities had caused animals to drift in large numbers into neighbouring Botswana from Gwayi Conservancy and Hwange National Park.

There are more than five Chinese mining companies which were recently awarded special grants by government to conduct coal and methane gas mining activities in the heart of Gwayi Conservancy located on the periphery of expansive Hwange National Park, the country’s flagship game reserve.

The biggest coal mining project is being undertaken by the China Africa Sunlight Energy mining company.
Retired Colonel Charles Mugari, deputy general manager of China Africa Sunlight Energy, said there was no pollution going on as there were no mining operations underway.

“We have temporary field accommodation which we used during exploration,” Mugari said.

“But we will built good offices as authorised by the Environment Management Authority (Ema). We are yet to do mining operations and this will be an underground operation hence there will be very minimal environmental degradation.  We need to remind the reporter that Zimbabwe is currently overpopulated with elephants hence their immigration will be a welcome event as these animals exceed the country’s carrying capacity.”

Mugari claimed that  Langton Masunda, chairman of Hwange Gwayi-Dete Conservancy and Tourism Association, whom we quoted saying there was an environmental disaster unfolding was “not the authority in this area, the chairperson is Mark Russel.”

However, Russel, who is the Gwayi Intensive Conservation Area chairman, said there were objections to the mining activities.

Comments (2)

End of Robert Mugabe The current president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe will die on Monday, the 3rd of February 2014. Actually I had a dream on the 20th of January 2014 that Mugabe will die on his sleep. This death will not result from poisoning, gun shot, physical strangling basically there will be no foul play and it will be strictly natural death. This prophecy concludes that Mugabe will demise as a result of natural causes. Ndini; Tichatonga Mambo Tichatongamambo@yahoo.com (Zimbabwean)

Tichatonga Mambo - 24 January 2014

Whose interest is this Mugari serving? Certainly not Zimbabwe's - he should confine his opinion to the exploration activities and not comment on carrying capacity - let the relevant people deal with this. Still the concerns of conservationists should be addressed. The corrupt, inept Zanu is parcelling out our resources to the Chinese for a song...and what will our children inherit?????? Chinese out!

Timothy Nanda - 25 January 2014

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