By Tatenda Kapanyota
Mining Advocates say mining is a heavily extractive endeavour that adversely affects the ecosystem not only for miners but other economic sectors, they have urged miners to contribute to the rehabilitation of those ecosystems.
Speaking on a Great Dyke News and Current Affairs program GREEN MINING on YAFM, Mining Advocate for Green Mining, Sijabulisiwe Mpofu said mining affects the environment by inducing loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, and contamination of water bodies which therefore ruin the chain of other economic sectors.
He also added that sustainable mining is a tool for balancing economic, social, and environmental considerations within the framework of mining projects.
Mineral exports account for about 60 per cent of Zimbabwe’s export earnings and the mining sector contributes around 16 per cent of the national GDP.