Blasts at gran­ite quarry threaten Mpopoma flats

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Some res­i­dents yes­ter­day showed The Chron­i­cle widen­ing cracks on the walls of their res­i­den­tial flats which they blamed on Davis Gran­ite op­er­a­tions.

“The walls of our homes have been crack­ing due to blasts at Davis Gran­ite. When­ever there is an ex­plo­sion, we feel vi­bra­tions in our homes. The vi­bra­tions are very strong,” said Mrs Martha Mh­langa, a res­i­dent.

Mrs Mh­langa said they have in­formed the area coun­cil­lor about their con­cerns.

Another res­i­dent, Mr In­no­cent Cha­pungu, said their en­gage­ment with their coun­cil­lor has not yielded any pos­i­tive re­sult.

“Most of our flats may col­lapse. This puts our lives at risk. We want Davis Gran­ite to stop blast­ing be­cause our homes can be de­stroyed and they might not even com­pen­sate us,” said Mr Cha­pungu.

Area coun­cil­lor Mr Charles Moyo con­firmed re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from the res­i­dents.

He said his of­fice had en­gaged Davis Gran­ite with ev­i­dence pre­sented by res­i­dents.

“Some of the res­i­dents can show you the widen­ing cracks on their walls. They can tell you the ac­tual time the ex­plo­sion went off. We’ve com­mu­ni­cated with Davis Gran­ite about the mat­ter. The in­for­ma­tion we get about the times of ex­plo­sions by res­i­dents cor­re­sponds with de­tails from the com­pany on the times they would have blasted,” he said.

Clr Moyo said Davis Gran­ite of­fi­cials had agreed to pro­vide ma­te­ri­als to re­ha­bil­i­tate the af­fected homes, but up to now they have not yet done so.

Davis Gran­ite of­fi­cials could not be reached for com­ment yes­ter­day as the com­pany was closed for busi­ness.

This is not the first time the com­pany has an­gered res­i­dents.

En­tum­bane res­i­dents have also raised con­cerns over the com­pany’s fail­ure to erect a se­cu­rity wall to de­ter peo­ple from ac­cess­ing what has be­come known by lo­cals as the “Enkwalini pool of death” — so named due to the high in­ci­dents of sui­cides.

Enkwalini is a dis­used for­mer Davis Gran­ite quarry which has col­lected wa­ter.— @nqot­shili.

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