Integrated Ferrochrome producer Zimasco (Private) Limited has evicted, with the aid of the Zimbabwe Republic Police Support Unit, illegal chrome miners who had invaded its claims in the Ngezi area, the company General Manager Marketing and Research, Clara Sadomba has said.

Rudairo Mapuranga

According to Sadomba, there has been rampant illegal mining activities at most of the company’s claims in the Ngezi area prompting the chrome miner to seek Police assistance to remove the illegal miners.

The miner appealed for assistance from office of the Mashonaland West Mining Director and local Police but the illegal miners did not heed the call with some getting violent.

Sadomba added saying that the company had to seek assistance from the Support Unit in order to drive-out violent elements that had been refusing to vacate its claims. According to Clara the deployment of the Support Unit has been effective in wiping out illegal mining in the area.

“In recent times, there has been rampant illegal mining in several Zimasco chrome ore claims in the Ngezi area. Efforts by Zimasco, the Provincial Mining Director’s office and the local police requesting the illegal miners
to vacate were fruitless, with the illegal miners turning violent in some instances.”

“In an effort to find an effective solution, Zimasco engaged the Zimbabwe Republic Support Unit who have experience in dealing with similar situations in other parts of the country. This deployment has been effective in curbing the illegal mining that was taking place on our claims” Said Sadomba.

Sadomba, however, said that the company has now created two official syndicates that will mine chrome officially as tributaries for the miner in order to clear out unregulated mining activities in the area.

“As part of our empowerment drive for the community in our various areas of operation, Zimasco facilitates the formation of mining syndicates with the local people to work on its claims with the ore mined being purchased
solely by Zimasco for beneficiation at its Kwekwe smelter for the production of ferrochrome alloy.  In addition to the already existing mining syndicate in the Ngezi area, two new mining syndicates have been formed to work officially on Zimasco claims” Sadomba said.

However, reports have it that, although indeed Zimasco is dring out unregistered miners, even the ones with tributes seem to be facing the same wrath.  Zimasco is said to have earlier offered $21usd per tonne to these miners after a marathon meeting an offer that was resisted by the miners which angered the miner into chasing them out.