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Mining in Zimbabwe

Mining reform can alter bleak economic outlook

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     3rd September 2021 The short- to medium-term outlook for Zimbabwe’s mining and natural resources sector is bleak and can be mitigated only if urgent reforms – such as taking a hard stance against criminal activity and a general overhaul of the paper-based cadastre system – are undertaken, says Beech Veltman CEO... 

PGMs create opportunity for Zim

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     3rd September 2021 Mining consultancy company the MSA Group says platinum group metals (PGMs) price recovery has benefited mining operations in Zimbabwe, in that the price recovery has been largely towards palladium rather than platinum, consequently resulting in renewed focus on the industry. Palladium has been... 

A graph depicting the comparison of platinum and palladium prices
BUMPY ROAD Palladium has been more valuable than platinum since 2018

Centre bridges gap between technology, people

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Mining engineering multinational Sandvik Mining and Rock Solution’s Zimbabwe-based Technology Centre is assisting the mining industry’s journey into the digital future by bridging the gap between technology and people. The centre, Sandvik territory manager Ian Bagshaw explains, is the “human... 

Pic/Image of Sandvik's Tecnhology Centre in Zimbabwe
DIGITAL JOURNEY The Technology Centre is assisting Zimbabwe’s mining industry on its exciting journey into the digital future

Adverse political climate affects mining

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     3rd September 2021 Despite Zimbabwe’s vast mineral wealth, including gold, platinum, chrome, coal, diamonds, nickel and lithium, the country is in an extremely fragile state, mining law firm Beech Veltman tells Mining Weekly. “Zimbabwe boasts not only a diverse range of over 40 minerals but also some of the world’s... 

Gold bars stacked on top of each other
SAFE HAVEN Gold prices have rallied and investment in gold mining assets has increased

Challenges remain as industry forges ahead with transformation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     4th September 2020 It is important to acknowledge that the regulatory environment for local mining companies has been instrumental in progressing transformation and inclusion of women in the mining sector, integrated resources business Lurco Group says. 

LEE STOKES 
It is important for us to note that there still are industry barriers that affect the advancement of women in mining
Photo by Lurco Group
LEE STOKES It is important for us to note that there still are industry barriers that affect the advancement of women in mining

Specialist completes crushing plant equipment delivery

By: Mamaili Mamaila     4th September 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment specialist Astec Industries Inc has completed a significant export order for a new aggregate crushing plant in Harare, Zimbabwe – through its regional office in Johannesburg, in Gauteng. 

GAINING MOMENTUM 
The number of Astec-manufactured machines operating successfully in the aggregate and mining space in Zimbabwe is also building customer confidence
GAINING MOMENTUM The number of Astec-manufactured machines operating successfully in the aggregate and mining space in Zimbabwe is also building customer confidence

Shift towards accountability could unlock mining potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     4th September 2020 Zimbabwe is known to hold much promise in terms of mining development, however, Workforce Holdings, a “progressive” holdings company investing in diversified human capital businesses, notes that, given the country’s current political climate, operating in Zimbabwe can be profitable but very... 

STUMBLING BLOCK
Zimbabwe’s seeming reluctance to register its mining industry with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is not conducive for business at the moment
Photo by Reuters
STUMBLING BLOCK Zimbabwe’s seeming reluctance to register its mining industry with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is not conducive for business at the moment

Blue Cube Systems

31st January 2020 Blue Cube Systems is a technology company focused on real-time in-line instrumentation for the mineral processing industry. It provides analysers that deliver consistent benefits for mineral processing plants. The Mineral Quantifier in-line, or MQi, Analyser technology is based on diffuse... 

Blue Cube Systems

Multiple factors prompt amendment of Zim law

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th September 2019 The announcement of the intention to repeal the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act by the Zimbabwe government in March 2019 was driven by various factors, including investor, political and legal motivations, global law practice and legal services provider Eversheds Sutherland tells... 

EMMERSON MNANGAGWA 
Calls for the indigenisation law to be repealed have been prevalent since President Emmerson Mnangagwa came into office
EMMERSON MNANGAGWA Calls for the indigenisation law to be repealed have been prevalent since President Emmerson Mnangagwa came into office

Bright horizons for investors, Zimbabwe diamond industry

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th September 2019 Russian diamond miner Alrosa says one of the motivations behind signing the $12-million joint venture (JV) agreement with national diamond miner Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) is to develop cooperation between Alrosa and its Zimbabwean partners and increase Alrosa’s presence in... 

MINING EXPLORATION
Russian diamond miner Alrosa aims to develop cooperation with its Zimbabwean partners
MINING EXPLORATION Russian diamond miner Alrosa aims to develop cooperation with its Zimbabwean partners

Currency crisis, mining policy uncertainty crippling economy

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th September 2019 While investor sentiment toward Zimbabwe is expected to improve, the country faces yet another economic crisis in the form a currency crisis that could deter investors who have had their interest in the country piqued recently, law firm Webber Wentzel tells Mining Weekly. “The indigenisation law,... 

BRUCE DICKINSON
There has been greater investment interest over the past 12 to 18 months, with less risk averse investors remaining positive about the prospects that Zimbabwe has to offer
BRUCE DICKINSON There has been greater investment interest over the past 12 to 18 months, with less risk averse investors remaining positive about the prospects that Zimbabwe has to offer

Recovered grade a key focus for Caledonia

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th September 2019 With the expansion of gold miner Caledonia Mining Corporation’s operations, and its intention to increase its stake at its Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, the company aims to focus on obtaining a higher recovered grade. 

SINKING SUCCESS
Caledonia has completed its shaft sinking project at Blanket’s Central shaft
SINKING SUCCESS Caledonia has completed its shaft sinking project at Blanket’s Central shaft

Mining sector is Zimbabwe’s greatest hope

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th September 2019 The optimism following the ousting of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was short-lived, with the realisation that it would not result in substantial change in the short term, or immediate return of foreign investment to Zimbabwe. This also came with the realisation that the once-healthy... 

WARREN BEECH
Radical change in Zimbabwe’s mining laws will facilitate a thriving mining sector
WARREN BEECH Radical change in Zimbabwe’s mining laws will facilitate a thriving mining sector

Power supply hampering Zimbabwe mining

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th September 2019 Despite experiencing growth last year, intermittent power supply and a lack of new foreign direct investment (FDI) are the main causes of the Zimbabwe mining sector’s declining performance, says specialist strategy and communications consultancy Africa Practice mining sector lead Rishon Chimboza. 

RISHON CHIMBOZA 
Zimbabwe needs to demonstrate that it is ready for investment when these investments start coming in
RISHON CHIMBOZA Zimbabwe needs to demonstrate that it is ready for investment when these investments start coming in

Murray & Roberts Cementation

3rd September 2019 South Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation forms part of the Murray & Roberts Group which is recognised internationally as a leading mining contracting organisation with operations in Africa, Australia and the Americas. Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation

Company progressing tungsten mine production

7th September 2018 Aim-listed, multicommodity mining and natural resources development company Premier African Minerals has announced a placement to raise £750 000 needed to supplement working capital for its RHA tungsten mine in Zimbabwe.  

UNDER WAY Premier African Minerals' Zulu lithium and tantalum project is nearing the completion of the due diligence period
UNDER WAY Premier African Minerals' Zulu lithium and tantalum project is nearing the completion of the due diligence period

Zim miner seeking new opportunities

7th September 2018 Diversified miner Vast Resources reports that its expansion initiatives in Zimbabwe continue to progress encouragingly. Vast Resources has interests in the producing Pickstone-Peerless and Eureka gold mines. 

SOLID PERFORMANCE Gold produced and sold at Pickstone-Peerless rose in the second quarter to the highest recorded levels
Photo by Bloomberg
SOLID PERFORMANCE Gold produced and sold at Pickstone-Peerless rose in the second quarter to the highest recorded levels

Investors need proof of Zimbabwe mining pudding

By: Evert Wasserman     7th September 2018 There are plenty of new and dormant coal projects in Zimbabwe, which can help improve the economy of Zimbabwe, says senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost. Zimbabwe has abundant coal resources of a high quality, as some contain coking coal, which is usually available and also the most expensive kind... 

KEY INPUT Coking coal is used to create coke, one of the key input components for the production of steel, which is the key element of blast furnace operations
Photo by Bloomberg
KEY INPUT Coking coal is used to create coke, one of the key input components for the production of steel, which is the key element of blast furnace operations

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... 

NECESSARY DEVELOPMENTS 
Once the central shaft at the Blanket mine is completed, it will enhance operating efficiency
NECESSARY DEVELOPMENTS Once the central shaft at the Blanket mine is completed, it will enhance operating efficiency

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... 

NOTABLE MILESTONE 
Zimplats recorded 365 lost-time-injury-free days on April 9
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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... 

DIAMONDIFEROUS 
Zimbabwe has deposits of high-quality diamonds, which are in high demand on the global market
Photo by Bloomberg
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. 

GROUP FIRST
The Shamva mine, near Harare, is the first mine in the Metallon group to employ full-time contract workers
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). 

PROJECT ADVANCMENT
Plant upgrades have been completed at the RHA tungsten project, which produced its first concentrate last year
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... 

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

CHIEDZA DANHA
The mining industry remains a significant contributor to the Zimbabwean economy, providing 13% of fiscal revenue and 15% of GDP
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... 

MAZOWE MINE
The shaft currently reaches a depth of about 800 m, but Metallon is considering expanding laterally on strike
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... 

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