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SPARKLING DIAMONDS ‘LITERALLY’ FAILING TO UPLIFT EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS IN CHIADZWA: An analysis of the impacts of diamond mining activities on schools in Chiadzwa

By Cosmas Sunguro INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND Education is said to be the ‘key to success’. These wise words would only be meaningful only if the responsible authorities knew that it unlocks and awakens the community. Education is like light put in the dark room. No doubt that it plays a …

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How can mining communities contribute towards the us$ 12 billion mining economy by 2023?

By Cosmas Sunguro, Proud Nyakuni and Sandra Musonzah Picture courtesy of ZIDAWU Diamond mining in Zimbabwe has brought firmly rooted scepticism in diamond mining communities. Basically, limited transparency, poor accountability, corruption, illicit financial flows, poor community benefit sharing, weak environmental management practices and disruption of livelihoods paint a picture of …

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Online conversations with the Checheche community

My topic today relates to the status of devolution funds. What is devolution as defined? It is defined broadly in section 264 of the Zimbabwe constitution. My interest today relates to sub sections 264(a),(b),(d), and (e) and what has so far happened in our district with regards to funds already …

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Upscaling Meeting, the results

Compiled G. Muhwahwa Following an application for upscaling filed with the Chimanimani rural district council, SOCNET was invited to the Environmental and Social services meeting held on the 4th of December in the district council boardroom. Present were council officials from the environment and social services department.These include the Chairperson …

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ZELA trains communities on environmental child rights and the significance of EIAs

Story by Refias Sithole (Marange Development Trust) An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is one of the important components in safeguarding the environmental child rights whenever a mining project is to be undertaken. It is not far from the truth that children and youths are more susceptible to the negative impacts …

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District Administrators make first call to ATRDT after 9 years 

 Article by Mufute Tawanda (Atrdt) For the first time in 9 years Arda Transau Relocation Development Trust (ATRDT) was invited to a round table dialogue with all key stakeholders by the Mutare District Administrator. The meeting was attended by different stakeholders namely, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, Zimbabwe National Water …

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