MPs Allege Fraudulent Eco Clearance for Steel Brands in Harare
Newsday reported that Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment, Climate and Tourism revealed in a recent report that Harare
Newsday reported that Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment, Climate and Tourism revealed in a recent report that Harare Based steel manufacturing company Steel Brands Pvt Ltd, started operating in 2016, was fraudulently awarded an Environmental Impact Assessment certificate by the Environmental Management Agency and Harare City Council, which resulted in massive pollution in the nearby Houghton Park suburb. The committee said “The regulation of the steel manufacturing plant to a light industry through granting of the company a development permit was not consistent with environmental pollution considerations. Rather, investment promotion was prioritised at the expense of health and safety of the citizens.”
The committee further discovered that Steel Brands was once penalised for exposing residents to pollution in 2016. On October 25, 2016, the company was fined USD 1 000 by EMA for unlawfully implementing a prescribed project without an EIA certificate. The company ceased its operations for three months because of the concerns raised pertaining to environmental safety and health and industrial zoning emanating from the plant’s location.
The committee recommended that the steel manufacturer should relocate to a heavy industrial area before December 31 this year.