EMA URGED TO ACT ON HIGH LEVELS OF POLLUTION
Written by carol phiri on January 2, 2019
Environmental experts and activists have called on EMA to act on the pollution being caused by Shabanie Mine as it services the mine’s dumps.
Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association Economic Governance Officer, Mukasiri Sibanda has called on the Environmental Management Agency EMA to perform its oversight role and ensure that the health of the people of Zvishavane is prioritized and the environment is protected.
This follows complains by residents about the dust being emitted from the mine’s plant near Birthday and the asbestos being spilled by trucks on the road that heads to Hillview and Nil suburbs.
In a telephone interview with Ya FM News EMA Zvishavane District Environmental Officer Sally Maguvu said the situation had improved in the last month of 2018 and EMA continues to engage Shabanie Mine to address the pollution problem which the company has attributed to faulty machines.
The human health effects from long-term unsafe asbestos exposure are well documented. Asbestos fibers are easily inhaled and they can cause a fibrotic lung disease called asbestosis.