Unki mine, villagers on collision course

Anglo American platinum mining giant Unki Mine is set to clash with villagers who are mooting a demonstration next week over a raft of grievances.

According to Brian Dzoriwa, leader of the Nhema community’s disgruntled villagers, Unki Mine has failed to recruit unskilled employees locally, and has given jobs to people from outside the district.

They are also aggrieved by the company’s decision to develop Shurugwi urban centre through a multi-million dollar housing project instead of focusing on the rural area where it extracts its mineral wealth.

Walter Nemasasi, the Mine General Manager, confirmed the planned demonstration and said he was aware of the grievances.

“We have been doing our best to address the concerns of the villagers who are planning a demonstration against us. In terms of recruiting unskilled persons from the Shurugwi district, we actually opened four centres, Tongogara RDC offices, Chachacha council workshop yard, Banga clinic and Shurugwi Town council offices, where we made recruitment strictly to locals,” he said.

Employees possessing the 66 Shurugwi district code constitute 68 percent of the total unskilled workforce. “As for the housing project in Shurugwi urban, the plan was to have it in the area where we operate, from but surveys showed that the place was not ideal. We have built a clinic in Chironde, a school and improved road networks all in the interest of developing the area we operate from,” said Nemasasi.

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