Destroying the Environment to Earn a Living in Zimbabwe

The government has been urged to take action against illegal gold panners who are causing severe environmental damage as they try to earn a living.

Gold-panning requires concentration: flecks of gold are often smaller than a grain of rice.

  • Zimbabwe:   Gold Panners Destroy Timber

    The Herald, 30 October 2012

    GOLD panners, many of them school-dropouts, have invaded Tarka Forest in Chimanimani, destroying a timber plantation and causing extensive environmental degradation. The panners,… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Gold Panning Likely to Be Legalised

    The Herald, 22 May 2012

    GOLD panning may soon be legalised as the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development is exploring ways to amend the Mining Act. Addressing thousands of people who had gathered to… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Cost of Illegal Gold Panning

    Financial Gazette, 3 February 2012

    OVER the years, vast tracts of land have been dug up and gaping holes left in the earth as panners scour the country for its vast gold resources. Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Economics of the Environment

    The Herald, 2 March 2012

    When the subject of the environment is broached, many people may just focus on pollution, sanitation, deforestation, veld fires and so forth, one of the major concerns should be… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Governor Slams Illegal Gold Panners

    The Herald, 16 October 2011

    AN influx of illegal gold panners in Bindura is threatening the town's infrastructure, Mashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister, Cde Martin Dinha, has said. Read more »


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