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Pumula Residents Worry Over Chinese Mine Blasts

Bulawayo residents in Pumula North are living in fear due to heavy blasting works at a nearby Chinese quarry mine. A Chinese firm, Haulin Quarry Mining Company is conducting quarry mining on the outskirts of Pumula North suburb near Pumula High School and Methodist village.Residents expressed concern over the explosion and noise pollution emanating from the mining site.They told a local publication that they felt the ground shaking from the blasting activities at the site.Chairperson of the Unemployed Association and founder of the Pumula Leadership Forum Givemore Mangena said they were worried about the effects of the blasting that might lead to infrastructural damage.“We are worried about our houses and the school.“The noise is too much and it might demolish our houses and the school,” he said.Mangena said residents were considering reporting the matter to the Environmental Management Agency (Ema) so that it demands an environmental impact assessment from the Chinese company, and to find out if the residents’ properties are safe. The Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association executive council secretary for administration Thembelani Dube, said the effects of explosions were discussed by the residents and the director of Haulin Quarry Mining Company, Hau Haung

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