Conflict between gold mining firm, RioZim and the Eiffel Flats community continue to rage on, with fresh concerns arising over the continued possible threat to human life and property due to open cast mining operations being carried out by the firm.
The residents said the operations are edging closer to their homes and a private hospital.
The ongoing conflict is reaching a boiling point.
The community alleges the mine is employing the big brother approach opting to have their needs override the voice of the residents who said the blasting activities are weakening houses and other building structures let alone pose fatal dangers to human life.
The mine has now taken its activities approximately 40 metres from Eiffel Flats private hospital, whose management recently wrote to the Mines Ministry to register their complaints following rock fragments which allegedly fell on the institution’s roof and straight through the ceiling of the female ward.
Managing director of the hospital, Dr Olyn Kusangaya said the mine promised to fund relocation of the institution to an agreed site, where construction was supposed to have been completed by April this year but the firm has done nothing towards fulfilling this agreement.
A member of the Eiffel Flats property owners’ committee, Mr Mabasa Chichaya said the mine is refusing residents an audience a move that has irked the community members who are now calling for the relocation of the firm as a matter of urgency.
Transport and Infrastructure Development Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairman, Cde Dexter Nduna added his voice to the ineptitude of mines to take their corporate social responsibility seriously, saying many other firms destroy infrastructure and roads but do nothing to rehabilitate them.
Efforts to get a comment from RioZim’s public relations manager, Mr Wilson Gwatiringa were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered.
However, Mr Gwatiringa in June said in his emailed response to the ZBC News that the blasting operations were not posing any danger to either human life or property.