Freda Rebecca evicted from mine site

HARARE - High Court judge Garainesu Mawadze has ordered Freda Rebecca Gold Mine (Private) Limited (Freda Rebecca) to immediately vacate a mining site in Bindura, following allegations that it had illegally invaded the mining claim.

This came after two companies Side Electrical (Private) Limited and Jiwe Gold (Private) Limited filed an urgent court application seeking to evict Freda Rebecca from the site.

In the application, the two firms cited Freda, Mines minister Walter Chidakwa and commissioner of mines as respondents.

Mawadze granted the provisional order and asked the mining firm to show cause why it should not be permanently barred from mining at the site.

“First respondent Freda Rebecca Gold Mine (Private) Limited) be and is hereby ordered to forthwith stop mining or and any other operations on the first applicant (Side Electrical (Private) Limited)’s gold ore claim registered under certificate number 41158BM and known as the Botha Claim situated in Bindura pending the finalisation of this matter by the second and third respondents (Chidakwa and commissioner of mines),” Mawadze said.

According to an affidavit filed by Side Electrical’s managing director Simbarashe Nyenza, his firm successfully applied for a mining claim in Bindura in June last year.

The firm was eventually issued with a registration certificate and became the sole holder of 31 gold claims. It later entered into a joint venture agreement with Jiwe Gold (Private) Limited.

“Prior to the conclusion of the joint venture agreement, first applicant had already started small-scale mining operations but was halted by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Bindura, citing non-compliance with Environmental Management Agency (Ema) requirements,” the court heard.

The two firms later complied with Ema requirements, but were surprised to see Freda Rebecca bringing its equipment to the mine site in October this year.

According to court papers, the firm brought 20 dump trucks, 12 excavators, two dam scoopers, one bull dozer and one water bowser, with a view of carrying out mining operations.

Nyenza told the court that Freda Rebecca started mining operations at the site, removing 12 000 tonnes gold ore from the site, which he claimed had prejudiced his company of $89 760 000.

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