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Mergers in Zimbabwe’s Diamond Sector set to Evade Human Rights due Diligence

The mining of diamonds in Zimbabwe had been operating at a minimum level before the commencement of large scale alluvial diamond mining in Marange in 2010. According to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) unpublished figures quoted in the United Na...

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector: Government Laxity over the Deteriorating State of Affairs in the Diamond Mining Manicaland Province Raises Eyebrows

The level of deterioration of the diamond industry of Manicaland Province deeply concerns the Centre for Research and Development. The government has been an active partner since commencement of formal mining operations in 2009. Events in the last...

Will Zimbabwe Lift the Ban on DTZ-OZGEO Mining Activities Along Mutare River in Penhalonga?

DTZ-OZGEO is a partnership between the Development Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ) and a Russian registered company called Econedra. Vice President Dr. Joshua Nkomo initiated the set up of DTZ in 1989 with the vision of ensuring that Zimbabweans become a...

Mining Developments in Marange Haunt Government for ignoring Chindori Chininga findings.

An inquiry was conducted by the portfolio committee on mines and energy in Zimbabwe in the diamond mining sector between 2009 and 2013 with the intention of holding the executive to account. In spite of the fact that standing order 167 empowers th...

CRD Presentation at Manicaland Provincial Civil Society Dialogue on Diamonds in Preparation for the Zimbabwe Diamond Conference

The potential of diamonds in Marange to accrue the much needed revenue that could resuscitate the ailing Zimbabwe economy and uplift the living standards of vulnerable communities has not materialized due to lack of transparency in the allocatio...

1.0 Powers of Parliament in Zimbabwe to Effect Accountability under Spotlight as Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Indigenisation meet Diamond Impoverished Marange Communities

An inquiry was conducted by the portfolio committee on mines and energy in Zimbabwe into the diamond mining sector between 2009 and 2013 with the intention of holding the executive to account. Although standing order 167 empowers the committee to ...

Raising the Community voice in the Extractive Sector: Challenges and Future prospects of the Mining Sector in Zimbabwe

"The later part of the year 2013 saw the government of Zimbabwe making lukewarm efforts to address challenges bedeviling the mining sector that civil society groups working in this sector have been highlighting relentlessly for years with very li...

Challenges and Future prospects of the Mining Sector in Zimbabwe

"The report evaluate some of the governance challenges in the mining sector seen in 2013 with a view of impressing on policy makers to adapt policies that encourage economic growth of the sector at the same time upholding principles of human right...

The Social, Economic and Environmental Implications of Diamond Mining in Chiadzwa

"Diamond mining in Chiadzwa started as an illegal activity carried out by members of the community who were attempting to find alternative sources of livelihood. It is said that by 2006, De Beers (a South African Diamond Mining Company) had undert...

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector

This newsletter covers a report on Resource conflict between “illegal miners” and companies mining in Marange and Penhalonga Impact negatively on the community as incidences of human rights abuses continue to spiral and an article on the governmen...

Raising the Community voice in the Extractive Sector: Socio-Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Extractive Sector on the Immediate Communities.

"This news letter features a survey recently conducted by CRD in the mining communities of Chimanimani West in Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe. The research survey highlights socio-economic and environmental impacts of mining activities from the c...

Environmental Impacts of Gold Mining in Penhalonga

"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...

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector

The document is divided into four main headings. The headlines are then discussed in more detail with subtitles following. The first heading poses the question: 1. Is Zimbabwe prepared to reap the benefits from BRICs investments? The following imp...

Is Zimbabwe Prepared to Reap the Benefits from BRICs Investments?

Equitability and sustainability should be exercised when natural resources are exploited. Diamond mining at Anjin has, to a large extent, revealed worst mining practices have been revealed, to a large extent, at the mining of diamonds at Anjin. T...

Citizen Engagement in Natural Resource Governance

Mining operations of 7 diamond companies in Manicaland Province were shut down by the government in February 2016, because their operations lacked transparency and accountability. Government decided to merge diamond companies into the newly form...

Desilting set to Camouflage River Bed Mining in Odzi River: Nenhohwe-Odzi Subcatchement Area.

"The project that was awarded to Stromspice Trading to desilt and extract minerals in Odzi River is mired in controversy. The project comes at a time when government has already in acted statutory instrument 92 of 2014 of environmental management ...

Publish What you Pay : Position Paper on Key Mining Reforms in Zimbabwe

The compilation of this position paper is based on submissions that were made by some of the organisations that form the PWYP Zimbabwe Coalition following a resolution from the 2015 AGM. The submissions sought to summarize some of the critical iss...

Raising the Community Voice in the Extractive Sector 5th Edition

Minister Chidhakwa announced that Zimbabwe's Consolidation Diamond Company has already started mining operations in Marange without adopting best practices. This raised questions on whether government moved to halt diamond mining operations and w...

An Analysis of Zimbabwe's Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill

The Mines and Minerals Bill (MMAB, 2015) in Zimbabwe was introduced to amend and strengthen the 1963 Mines and Minerals Act. The 1963 Act lacked provisions that would prevent mineral revenue leakages, opaque mining licensing, poor flows of taxes a...

The Social, Economic and Environmental Implications of Diamond Mining in Chiadzwa

The primary agendas in the public domain were to comprehensively address the challenges of formal and informal miners in Chiadzwa and at the same time ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the villagers and national economic recovery. In Chiadzwa, ...

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