China commended the Zimbabwean government this week for banning it from mining in the country’s national parks, claiming they prefer clearer guidelines on regulations imposed on foreign companies.
The statement from the Chinese officials came after Emmerson Mnangagwa’s socialist regime banned all mining from national parks. The move was a response to nationwide outrage after the regime had granted two Chinese mining companies to extract coal from the Hwange National Park, one of the world’s important endangered species preserves.
“Mining on areas held by national parks is banned with immediate effect. Steps are being undertaken to immediately cancel all mining titles held in national parks,” Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa announced this week.
As well as a ban on national parks, new rules also prohibit riverbed and alluvial mining on rivers and demand mining companies follow Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) recommendations to mitigate damage to local ecosystems.
“All those holding mining concessions will