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Report on the Developments In Gonarezhou Transfrontier Park and
the Impact of Gold Panning on the Environment in the Midlands Region
(Shurugwi) [S.C 16, 2006]
of the Portfolio Committee on Mines, Energy, Environment and Tourism
First Session – Sixth Parliament, Parliament of Zimbabwe
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part of its oversight responsibility, your Committee found it imperative
that it should conduct field visits in an endeavour to understand
and appreciate the challenges faced by the 3 Ministries that it
overshadows. Your Committee overshadows the Ministries of Mines
and Mining Development, Environment and Tourism and Energy and Power
Development. These visits were indeed an eye opener and are useful
in directing and in the formulation of policies.
No doubt, Mr Speaker,
the 3 Ministries have a key role to play in the stabilization of
our economy, through foreign currency generation. Your Committee
noted that it is important to put in place strategies to resuscitate
the mining sector, curb illegal gold panning and to ensure that
all the gold that is mined is sent to Fidelity. There is also need
for Ministries of Mines and Environment to find ways of rehabilitating
the environment, which has been damaged by illegal gold panning.
On tourism it is important that the government and the corporate
world find ways of marketing the tourist destinations in our country,
such as Gonarezhou National Park, in view of the 2010 World Cup.
There is little activity taking place in developing the Park. Under
the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, there is need for
a coordinated approach in the Rural Electrification Programme and
the Jatropha project so that they benefit the end users.
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