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‘Capitalise on mining boom’ urges minister Chitando

Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando has challenged the local manufacturing industry to quickly position itself for anticipated boom of the mining sector to be able to produce and supply key equipment and other inputs required by the sector.

Minister Chitando last week told delegates at the 2018 edition of the Mining Engineering and Transport exhibition (Mine Entra) in Bulawayo that with the mining sector primed for massive growth there was no reason Zimbabwe should continue importing certain items needed by mining firms.

This is in line with President Mnangagwa’s vision of growing Zimbabwe to middle-income status by 2030, with per capita income of $3 500. To that end, the mining sector is designated as one of the key anchors set to drive the short to medium growth through productivity and beneficiation in among others, gold, platinum, diamonds, coal and lithium.

The mines minister made the remarks after earlier indicating that there was an array of initiatives and planned investment projects across the entire mining sector, which had put the country’s mining sector on a firm path to sustainable growth prospects. These included expected further growth in gold output, which reached 28 tonnes in the eight months to September 2018 compared to 24,8 tonnes for the entire 2017, plans to build gold service centres across Zimbabwe — with one already running in Bubi — planned tailor-made support for small-scale miners, who delivered nearly half of gold in 2017; planned funding support to gold miners by Government through Fidelity Printers and Refiners.

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