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Zhongxin Mining Defends Hwange Game Park Coal Mining Operations

Coal News - Published on Wed, 16 Sep 2020

Image Source: Coal Mining Hwange National Park
Chinese mining firm Zhongxin Mining Group Tongmao Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd has defended its controversial operations in the giant Hwange National Park and wants the High Court case in which a local environmental group is seeking its eviction, dismissed on technical grounds. This came out during the set down on the case before Justice Owen Tagu. The judge has indefinitely postponed his judgement. The company also argues that the application was defective in that President Emmerson Mnangagwa was not jointed in the case along with Environment and Tourism minister Mangaliso Ndlovu as should have been the case.

Zela and Chima applied to the High Court to stop the Chinese company from mining coal within the national park, which hosts one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants saying activities would cause devastating ecological degradation and force wildlife to flee. The applicants also argued that mining may cause a decline in tourism and decrease the incomes of local residents who rely on it, while poaching and conflict between people and wildlife could increase. More than 45,000 elephants are estimated to live in Hwange park along with more than 100 mammal and 400 bird species. These include buffaloes, leopards and lions that are already struggling for food and water in the vast savannah due to prolonged drought.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 16 Sep 2020
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