Residents of Chiredzi and beyond are making money through illegally mining a semi-precious stone called amethyst at an unregistered mining site in Sengwe communal lands, TellZim News has learnt.
There is a leakage of the mineral since last year and illegal miners are informally selling the stone to foreigners.
The unregulated mining activities are also said to be contributing to serious environmental degradation.
Amethyst gemstones can be used for making jewelleries and other special ornaments.
A source who refused to be mentioned by name for security reasons revealed that members of staff at the Ministry of Mines’ Masvingo provincial offices were failing to respond to the issue as they do not have any cars and fuel available to drive there.
"We were told the office is facing transport challenges so they cannot go to investigate the leakage but we heard they are making contingency plans to visit the area," said the source.
The source said the ministry last visited the site sometime last year when they were registering some mines located in Sengwe communal lands.
No comment could be obtained from the provincial mines directorate by the time of going to print.