Outgoing Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister, Cde Owen Ncube has stopped all chrome mining activities along the Shurugwi – Zvishavane highway which are threatening the road infrastructure.
Chrome miners have been digging huge pits along the highway and in some instances blasting under the road and leaving tunnels that are threatening the road infrastructure.
Speaking during his tour of the highway, Cde Ncube expressed deep concern over the mining activities and immediately ordered all chrome mining activities along the road to cease as they are putting the life motorists at risk in case of the road collapsing.
He advised the miners to reclaim all mine pits along the road and to shift their mining activities away from the infrastructure, failure of which they will face the full wrath of the law.
Villagers commended the provincial leadership for coordinating stakeholders so that they can respond to the crisis that is not only threatening road infrastructure by the safety of travellers and their livestock.
The villagers however shared their disappointment that the local community is not being given preference in chrome mining in the area.
Midlands Provincial Roads Engineer, Stephen Kamutema said the Shurugwi Zvishavane road was one of the best in the province but because of the irresponsible mining activities, the road infrastructure has started to show signs of weakness.
He added that the Boterekwa pass is the worst affected with the road foundation now at its weakest point.
The outgoing minister also set up a committee that will spearhead the reclamation of all mine pits along the highway.