THE VALUES YOU SET IN THE PLATFORM ON GENDER & EXTRACTIVES WILL ALWAYS REMAIN WITH US!
Hazel Chinake Gone Too Soon!
When the history of women who have left indelible impression in the mining’ sector is written, the name- Hazel Chinake shall not be missed.
On the 21st of August 2019, we were shocked to learn of the passing on of Chinake the founding chairperson of the Network of African Business Women (Zimbabwe Chapter)- a Graca Machel Trust Network, an ardent member of the Platform on Gender and Extractives who previously worked for RioZim Pvt Ltd, Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Development Agency-Sida among several developmental organisations.
Chinake believed that women need to be empowered and strategically positioned to influence mining sector reform processes in order to maximise on short- and long-term benefits.
With several women miners focusing on gold and mining sectors, Chinake thought it prudent to join the bandwagon. At the peak of Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown in 2007, her vision was to set up a woman-owned gemstone centre and she went to do just like that. She went on to acquire a mining claim and had the conferred exclusive right to mine the mineral resource for which the claim was registered and to prospect for other minerals on the claim. Chinake acknowledged that whilst her story had a classic silver lining, there were several barriers in the sector. Many women have and continue being duped of their hard-earned income as they seek to acquire mining claims.
Sometime in 2017 during the Platform on Gender symposium, Chinake made the following remarks, the words struck a chord on that day and they still do even today,
‘I remain optimistic about empowering women beyond rhetoric. Our Government is already doing a lot to achieve this, especially in view of the easing up of mining requirements for women in chrome and gold mining. For us with major interests in coal and gemstones mining, we await for the day when we will tell future generations about the role we played to change the lives of communities, and transform our nation’.
Hazel, you may be gone for now, but you live forever in our memories. May your dear soul rest in eternal peace.