By Andwatch Mambo in Mutoko
Mutoko North Member of Parliament Rambidzai Nyabote has urged Zimbabwe Mining Safety Healthy and Environmental Council (ZIMSHEC) and Silveira House to continue their operations in the Mutoko District as this will change the District at large.
Addressing different organizations in Mutoko at an event organized by Silveira House, with a theme “Educational awareness on Safet, health and Environmental issues,” Nyabote spoke openly that the people in Mutoko are pleased to welcome different organizations which are willing to help eradicate social challenges that the community has been facing.
In an Interview with Zim Morning Post, Nyabote said: “We are greatly happy and I am more than happy to Hhst ZIMSHEC in Mutoko.”
He said the district has been facing different challenges and these challenges are evolving as a result of the mining activities being done by present mining companies.
“For instance, on environment we as a community of the Mutoko District have been facing numerous challenges and we are pleased to hear that part of the ZIMSHEC’s moto is to ensure that the environment is safe countrywide.”
“Having said that, it rang in our minds that ZIMSHEC is not an enemy to us but rather it’s a solution to our ongoing challenges which we alone as a community are failing to eradicate.”
He also said “now that ZIMSHEC is here we are expecting to see a great change and I understand Silveira House has been doing quite a lot of things but with ZIMSHEC being here too, things are going to change.”
“Now that ZIMSHEC is here we are expecting to see great change on our environment, Health and Safety spheres, for instance ZIMSHEC’s MOTO ‘making a habit of planting trees’ that alone will change our environment because due to the mining activities being carried by different mines our environment is shameful.”
“But with the above mandate as advocated by ZIMSHEC, of planting trees, the process will change our communities and l will take this responsibility personally, of monitoring every mine present here, that they will adhere to this principle.”
Further he said that, as a District in Mutoko they are willing to support ZIMSHEC to fully function without any disturbances.
“ZIMSHEC is a solution to the Mutoko District, and we are willing to support them.”
“We are prepared to assist ZIMSHEC with different issues, for instance if ZIMSHEC needs an office here, we will be delighted to be the first ones to help.”
ZIMSHEC came into being on September 10 last year and the organization has already won an award from the ministry of mines where President Emmerson Mnangagwa was the Guest of Honor.
The award came as a token of appreciation after government noticed that the quality of small scale mines and the community are being transformed through ZIMSHEC as an Organization.