New Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (ZISCO), one of Africa’s largest Iron and Steel Company based in Redcliff in the town of Kwekwe discharges industrial effluent into the Kwekwe River, thereby severely depreciating its water quality. The company has been facing chronic financial problems which slowed down production since 2008 but is expected to be back at full capacity following a USD750 million investment by an Indian firm, Essar Group. Life in Redcliff revolves around the iron and steel company. A recent research study observed that the Iron and Steel Company ‘discharged high quantities of iron, sulphate, oil and tar into Kwekwe River, making the water unsuitable for irrigation and domestic use’. Kwekwe River drains into Sebakwe River which drains into Munyati. Munyati River flows into Kariba Dam which drains into the might Zambezi River. The discharge of effluent in Kwekwe has far reaching consequences for human, aquatic, animal and plant life downstream. The Environmental Management Agency, tasked to oversee the protection of the environment against pollution, has been described as ‘a lion without teeth’ due to its failure to hold perpetrators of environmental crimes accountable. Enforcing environmental laws at ZISCO is in fact difficult due to the interest of politicians in the company.