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PPC 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]
First report of the Portfolio Committee on Mines, Energy, Environment and Tourism
First Session Sixth Parliament, Parliament of Zimbabwe
June 2006

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As 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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