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Heavy sands mining buries local complaints

Delays to a heavy mineral sands export terminal have little to do with its serious environmental consequences

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. The controversial plans to build a terminal at Chongoene in Gaza province to export titanium, zirconium and other minerals extracted from heavy mineral sands mined by Chinese firm Ding Sheng Minerals is in the headlines again, after the death of a worker caused work to be stopped last year on the intervention of the government. In the meantime, more fundamental problems with the project remain unaddressed.

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