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11 september 2012

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (Zela) and villagers living along Save River have sued three diamond mining companies operating in Marange for pollution.
The Zimbabwean Standard newspaper reports that an application had been lodged with the High Court to stop Anjin Investments, Marange Resources and Diamond Mining Corporation (DMC) to stop polluting Save, Singwizi and Odzi rivers with sewage, chemicals and metal deposits.
A biological and chemical study carried out by the University of Zimbabwe on behalf of Zela last month, showed that villagers were at risk of contracting cancer and other diseases because the companies were dumping dangerous chemicals into the three rivers.
It said the three rivers showed high concentrations of iron, chromium and nickel in the water, elements which are the major constituents of ferro-silicon (FESI), a chemical compound used in diamond extraction.
“Chromium and nickel are potentially carcinogenic agents (cancer-causing agents) and therefore they pose an immediate health risk to people and livestock,” the study concluded.
“The high levels of iron in the water suggest that the local population could be at risk of iron poisoning, as they exceeded stipulated WHO standards.”
Meanwhile, families displaced by diamond mining activities in Zimbabwe’s Marange have described as “pittance” the $1,000 they were given in compensation by firms operating in the area.
New Zimbabwe.com reports that the villagers were instead asking for $50,000 per household.
About 4,000 families were displaced by the diamond operations.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished