A Mines ministry official Innocent Murapa confirmed the issue of illegal gold mining in Penhalonga. “When you are mining underground, you are near to death and you will be smelling death.
The problem in Penhalonga started with the placement of Redwing Mine under judicial management by Metallon Gold in 2018, citing viability challenges owing to foreign currency shortages.
Water reservoirs in Penhalonga face contamination and collapse if the Mines ministry fails to stop illegal mining in the area, Mutasa South legislator Regai Tsunga MDC Alliance has warned.
Gold mining in Penhalonga represents all methods of gold extraction from deep underground mining, to small-scale mining with mines only a few metres deep, through large-scale alluvial mining and the most infamous gold panning. The area therefore is affected by the environmental impacts of each of these mining methods.
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The menace of incessant contamination of water and air from illegal gold panning activities along the Mutare River has irked residents of Tsingwe in Penhalonga, Mutasa district of Manicaland Province, lo ed about 20km north of Mutare.
The issue of gold mining is not new in Penhalonga. “We are conducting a community audit to track if there are any tangible benefits which have accrued from mining activities, pushing for local benefits through devolved management of natural resources as enshrined in the constitution,” he said. 263chat
The Penhalonga Gold Project is lo ed in the Mutare Greenstone Belt which extends eastward into Mozambique and is considered to be one of the richest greenstone belts in Zimbabwe in terms of gold production per unit area.
Penhalonga and Tsvingwe are found in Ward 21 of Mutasa South Constituency in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe. Our area is endowed with gold deposits and fertile red agricultural soils. We have a population of over 20 000 people. King’s Daughter Mine formerly Redwing Mine , owned by Metallon Gold, is the biggest gold mine in our area.