Report on the Situation of Coal Mining in Hwange: Special focus on Hwange Colliery Company

After interaction with several community members the team discovered that coal mining in Hwange was doing more harm to the community and the environment than good. The situation in Hwange clearly showed that there is need to end destructive mining and search for alternatives to extraction. It was evident that Zimbabwe, the rest of Africa and the world beyond need a model of development that is inclusive and that creates livelihoods for everyone. The Hwange situation is evidence enough to show that mining creates a few hundred jobs whilst destroying livelihoods for thousands of families. One such alternative is agriculture. This short report focusing on Hwange colliery Company will bring out how communities are bearing the burden of destructive extraction. The report is based in evidence that was gathered during the visit in July 2016.