Stubborn Chinese re-invade World Heritage candidate, Mavhuradonha barely a year after government ban, arrest of officials


JUST over a year after being chased out of Mavhuradonha Wilderness and causing the arrest of two council executives by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), Chinese mining company Afrochine has restarted mining operations inside the World Heritage Site candidate.

Documents indicate that Afrochine Smelting, Earthlink Minerals, controversial Allen Mashumba and Lebanmon are exploring for chrome in areas within the site despite a July 12 High Court order barring them and another foreign company, Lebanmon Investments, from conducting any activity there.

Afrochine, a subsidiary of Tsingshan which is building a US$2 billion steel plant at Mamhidze, now has numerous claims that have already been inspected. More are set to undergo final inspections next January and March.

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