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Mining in Zimbabwe

Notable shaftsinking progress achieved at Blanket mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2017 Southern Africa-focused gold miner Caledonia Mining Corporation “is progressing well” with the sinking of a central shaft at its Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, Caledonia CFO Mark Learmonth tells Mining Weekly. The company is “very happy” with the progress made thus far, he says, with the... 

Zim platinum miner reports positive quarter

     8th September 2017 JSE-listed platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum subsidiary Zimplats experienced a positive period in the quarter ended June 30, reporting a safety milestone, greater tonnes mined and ore milled, and revenue growth. During the quarter, Zimplats recorded 365 lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free... 

Zim platinum miner reports positive quarter
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NOTABLE MILESTONE Zimplats recorded 365 lost-time-injury-free days on April 9

Myriad of opportunities in Zim’s mining sector

     8th September 2017 Zimbabwe is poised for growth and, with the country committed to ensuring a sustainable growth path, there are a host of investment opportunities in the mining industry to be capitalised on. This is according to the investment promotion body Zimbabwe Investment Authority‘s Invest in Zimbabwe... 

Myriad of opportunities in Zim’s mining sector
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DIAMONDIFEROUS Zimbabwe has deposits of high-quality diamonds, which are in high demand on the global market

Zimbabwe mining potential not fully realised

By: Victor Moolman     2nd September 2016 The full potential of gold mining in Zimbabwe has yet to be reached, says gold producer Metallon Corporation, which believes the future of the country’s mining industry is bright. 

Zimbabwe mining potential not fully realised
GROUP FIRST The Shamva mine, near Harare, is the first mine in the Metallon group to employ full-time contract workers

RHA tungsten mine LoM to be confirmed

By: Victor Moolman     2nd September 2016 The RHA underground tungsten mine, in Zimbabwe, has a forecast eight-year mine life, but a resource upgrade, which is expected to conclude in the coming weeks, should “more accurately” assess the life-of-mine (LoM). 

RHA tungsten mine LoM to be confirmed
PROJECT ADVANCMENT Plant upgrades have been completed at the RHA tungsten project, which produced its first concentrate last year

Blanket expected to benefit from new appointments

     2nd September 2016 Aim-listed Caledonia Mining chairperson Leigh Wilson says the experience of the company’s newly appointed independent nonexecutive director John McGloin will help ensure that the robust mine development plan, which is currently under way at the Blanket mine in Zimbabwe, will be successfully... 

Blanket expected to benefit from new appointments
NEW MANAGEMENT Caledonia made two new appointments with its Blanket mine about 20 months into a four-year development programme

Zim mining achieves 3.5% growth in first half of 2015

By: David Oliveira     4th September 2015 Zimbabwe’s mining industry has slightly exceeded the mid-year growth projection of 3.1% by achieving 3.5%, largely supported by increased production in the gold, nickel, platinum and palladium sectors, says pan-African advisory firm africapractice Harare-based consultant Chiedza Danha. “Though... 

Zim mining achieves 3.5% growth in first half of 2015
CHIEDZA DANHA The mining industry remains a significant contributor to the Zimbabwean economy, providing 13% of fiscal revenue and 15% of GDP

$70m development plan to double mine production by 2021

     4th September 2015 Construction of the Blanket gold mine is “going as planned” and progressing well, Caledonia Mining has reported. CFO Mark Learmonth says the company’s $70-million development plan, which will be executed over the next five years, will double production at the mine to about 80 000 oz/y by 2021. 

Sands retreatment plant to begin production next month

By: David Oliveira     4th September 2015 Plant commissioning and production at Zimbabwe gold producer Metallon’s Mazowe mine’s sand retreatment plant is expected to start next month, company CEO Kenneth Mekani tells Mining Weekly. Once completed, the plant will mill 60 000 t/m, overtaking Metallon’s 35 000 t/m Shamva mine as the... 

Sands retreatment plant to begin  production next month
MAZOWE MINE The shaft currently reaches a depth of about 800 m, but Metallon is considering expanding laterally on strike

Miner reports higher H1 gold production

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th September 2015 Africa-focused Metallon Corporation produced 23 759 oz of gold in the second quarter, bringing its production for the first half of the year, ended June 30, to 48 143 oz. This was 6% higher than the 45 524 oz produced in the first half of 2014, despite a loss of nine production days in January,... 

Diversified major sells Zimbabwe operations

     4th September 2015 Diversified major Rio Tinto in June completed the sale of its 78% interest in the Murowa diamond mine and its 50% interest in the Sengwa coal fields, both in Zimbabwe, to RZ Murowa Holdings, a division of Zimbabwean independent mining company Rio-Zim. Prior to the transaction Rio-Zim already held... 

Company reports lower Zimbabwe gold sales

     4th September 2015 Gold sales from pan-African multi-commodity mining and development company Mwana Africa’s Freda Rebecca mine, in Zimbabwe, dropped slightly to 57 799 oz during the financial year ended March 31, from the 58 704 oz sold during the prior financial year.  During the year under review the gold mine’s... 

Zimbabwe gold project progresses

     4th September 2015 Aim-listed gold miner Vast Resources’ Pickstone-Peerless gold mine, in Zimbabwe, has progressed to the commissioning phase. Production at the mine was expected to start last month, with an estimated output of 10 000 oz/y of gold from the targeted initial mining rate of 10 000 t/m of ore from an... 

Tungsten project ships first concentrates

     4th September 2015 Aim-listed multi-commodity mining and resource development company Premier African Minerals announced last month that plant modifications for its flagship RHA Tungsten project, in Zimbabwe, had arrived on site and that the first tungsten concentrate from the project had been shipped to Durban,... 

Platinum producer increases output

By: Natalie Greve     4th September 2015 After successfully increasing the ore mined across its operations by 19% quarter-on-quarter to 1.48-million tons for the three months ended June 30, platinum miner Zimplats has lifted the production of platinum, palladium, gold and rhodium (4E) metal-in-concentrate by 12%, delivering 119 427 oz... 

Multicurrency trade spurring Zim growth

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th September 2014 Zimbabwe’s mining and agriculture sectors have been on a growth path since the government adopted a multi-currency regime in 2009, which has enabled mining companies to sell their commodities in US dollars, like mining companies in other parts of the world, says global information company IHS... 

Multicurrency trade  spurring Zim growth
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MULTI-CURRENCY REGIME The use of multi-currencies in Zimbabwe has led to a relative growth in the country’s mining and agriculture sectors

Zim-focused gold miner aims for midtier status

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th September 2014 Zimbabwe-focused London-based gold miner Metallon Corporation is implementing a five-year strategy to become a midtier gold producer of 200 000 oz of gold per year by 2016, says Metallon CEO and deputy chairperson Mzi Khumalo. He tells Mining Weekly that the strategy involves reducing costs,... 

Zim-focused gold miner aims for midtier status
HOW MINE The mine was responsible for half of Metallon Corporation’s 2013 production

NGOs demand assurance of women’s rights in mining

     5th September 2014 Human rights and nongovernmental organisations Via Campesina Africa, volunteer-based Women in Mining (WiM) and Southern African Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) demanded of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), during a SADC people’s summit held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on August 15 and 16,... 

Zimbabwe among the ten worst mining investment destinations

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th September 2014 Canada-based research organisation the Fraser Institute has placed Zimbabwe among the world’s ten worst mining jurisdictions, according to its 2013 Mining Survey, which tallied responses from about 4 100 global mining company executives and managers. Zimbabwe ranked 106 out of 112 for its... 

Zimbabwe among the ten worst mining investment destinations
MINING IN ZIMBABWE The Fraser Institute ranked Zimbabwe among the ten worst mining jurisdictions in 2013

Commissioning of second study of Zim assets

     5th September 2014 Southern and West Africa-focused multicommodity natural resource company Premier African Minerals in June commissioned a follow-up study to review low-capital options and near-term production alternatives for its Zimbabwe-based exploration project RHA Tungsten and its Zulu pegmatite project. This... 

Nameplate Centre

     5th September 2014 Custom traffic, safety and commercial signage manufacturer Nameplate Centre provides necessary visibility signage, safety equipment and branding for the mining, construction, government, metropolitan, and municipal sectors in the sub-Saharan Africa region. Established in May 2013, the company’s... 

Nameplate Centre

Zim wants minerals processed locally 

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th September 2014 Zimbabwe is proceeding with plans to ensure that the minerals mined in-country are also processed in-country, instead of in South Africa or Europe, which is the current norm. As part of this process, Zimbabwe levied a 15% tax on rough diamonds and platinum concentrate exports in January to... 

Zim wants minerals processed locally
Zimbabwe Consulate commercial official Angelica Katuruza discusses government’s plans to have minerals processed in the country.

Standby capacity for SA mines

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th September 2014 Harare-based mining equipment supplier Machinery Exchange, in expectation of a time when Zimbabwe’s mining industry can live up to its full potential, prioritises staff training, the supply of quality services and world-class equipment and keeping abreast of global trends in its sector, says... 

Standby capacity  for SA mines
BRENDAN & GEOFF REILLY Machinery Exchange has trained its staff and ensures that it keeps abreast of global mining trends

Tax regime, mining policy must change to ensure growth in Zim mining

By: Chantelle Kotze     6th September 2013 The Zimbabwean mining industry is at a significant juncture, as it desperately needs to put long-term plans and strategy for the next 10 to 20 years in place, to develop the mining sector, yield high returns on investment and raise the necessary funds to achieve such plans. 

Engagement with govt key in indigenisation legislation

By: Chantelle Kotze     6th September 2013 Free, open and honest engagement between investors and the Zimbabwe government – sooner rather than later – is key to moving forward with the country’s indigenisation legislation, as keeping the lines of communications open will create a win-win solution for both parties, law firm Webber Wentzel... 

Sanctions still hamper Zim diamond exports

By: Chantelle Kotze     6th September 2013 One of the biggest challenges still facing Zimbabwe’s diamond mining industry is the sanctions imposed by the US and European Union (EU) on the export of rough diamonds from the country’s mines, says diamond dealer and manufacturer Ernest Blom Diamonds owner Ernest Blom who is also president of... 

Project management for PPP projects

     6th September 2013 As post-election Zimbabwe moves forward, there is a pressing need to address the infrastructure deficits in the health, water reticulation and treatment, power, education and communication sectors, with particular need for rehabilitation on the country’s major road networks, which are no longer... 

Steel pipeline installed at Zim mining company

By: Chantelle Kotze     6th September 2013 Robor Pipe Systems, a division of steel, tube and pipe manufacturer Robor, supplied its patented Steel Polypipe to Zimbabwe Platinum Mines’ (Zimplats’) $460-million Phase 2 project, at the Ngezi mine, in Zimbabwe. 

Partnerships in Zim expanded

     6th September 2013 Turnkey mineral process plants, equipment and engineering services supplier Manhattan Corporation reports that it was awarded a contract last month to provide a 25 000 t/m plant to a Zimbabwe-based gold mining company. 

Indaba focuses on redefining Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     6th September 2013 Zimbabwe’s mining sector has shown a slow, yet significant, recovery over the past five years, with an overall upward trend in mineral production, says corporate and project finance advisory and consulting firm Utho Capital, organiser of the yearly Zimbabwe Mining and Infrastructure Indaba. 

Mining Indaba 2012 focuses on regional infrastructure

By: Samantha Herbst     7th September 2012 Zimbabwe has made significant progress in rebuilding its economy, despite the decrease in business confidence a decade ago and the international perception of the country, says corporate and project finance advisory and consulting firm Utho Capital, organiser of the yearly Zimbabwe Mining Indaba.... 

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