While strides have been made to ensure communities benefit from mining activities conducted in their locality, there has been a general consensus that not much has been done in this regard.

The diamond rush in Manicaland Province left communities displaced with the mineral wealth having been more of a curse than a blessing.

Mining firms that promised a better life for communities particularly in Marange did not deliver on their promises.

The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) CEO, Dr Morris Mpofu said the firm intends to ensure that the lives of the community are improved by availing health care and improving infrastructure such as roads, among other interventions.

Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa said the development agenda can only be achieved if locals have a say in how mineral resources will benefit them as well as ensuring empowerment initiatives are followed up on.

A model that has shown that communities can benefit from their resources is that of South Africa’s Royal Bafokeng nation that has transformed a 1200 square kilometres of platinum rich land into a US$4 billion empire with interests in mining, telecommunications as well as real estate.