Bulawayo Mining Company (BMC) which operates How Mine has engaged Bumira Investments Limited to carry out an environmental and social impact assessment public consultation as it seeks to explore and mine in its 22 claims.
The purpose of the stakeholder consultation is to ascertain the immediate, short to long-term direct and indirect impacts of the project on the surrounding communities and other stakeholders.
The mining entity intends to conduct exploration and mining in their 22 claims situated about 20 kilometres east of Bulawayo in the Bulawayo mining district.
The exploration for gold will include transverse cutting, soil sampling, trenching, core drilling and continued reconnaissance of all the claims.
Mining methods will include both opencast and under-drilling mining.
Exploration activities are critical for mining operations as they help identify the available mineral deposits that can be commercially extracted thereby helping to determine the company’s future and possibility for expansion.
In a notice, Bulawayo Mining Company said it is committed to the protection of the environment, human health and mitigation of climate change as well as the conservation of nature.
“Consequently, the organisation has engaged Bumira Environmental Consultants to gather views from various stakeholders affected by the project as well as from those interested in the project activities,” reads part of the notice.
The mining industry is one of the sectors anchoring the economy and is set to drive the country towards the attainment of an upper middle-income economy by 2030.
In 2019, the Government launched the US$12 billion mining industry to be achieved by the end of this year. The multi-billion-dollar industry will be driven by gold, platinum, diamond, chrome, iron ore, coal, lithium, and other minerals.