50 workers to re-process Shabanie-Mashava dumps

Cde Chitando

Cde Chitando

An initial 50 workers have been engaged to re-process dumps at Shabanie-Mashava Mines in an effort to raise part funding required for re-opening of the mothballed asbestos mines in the Midlands province, a Cabinet minister has said.

Shabanie Mine, which used to be one of the biggest employers in the Midlands province with over 2 000 workers, was closed in 2004, after experiencing severe operational challenges. Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando told Parliament that a de-watering process of flooded shafts was being carried out.

“There is currently activity happening in the area which is two-fold. Firstly Mr Speaker there is in progress now de-watering of the mine in Mashava and we expect that the mine would be de-watered by December,” he said during yesterday’s Question and Answer session.

“At the same time we have recognised that to partly address issues to do with funding of the mine we identified re-processing of one of the dumps as a low hanging fruit so as a result as we talk we do have about 50 people at the dump, mobilising to start the re-processing of the dump which should commence by May this year.” Mr Chitando said the number of workers to be engaged to process the dump was expected to rise to 350 people.

“The whole game plan being that the funds which will be raised from the re-processing of that dump will then be used to re-open Mashava mine when we finish de-watering in December this year,” he said. He said contrary to recent media reports, the government was yet to secure an investor for the mine.

“The mine falls under the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) so government is working together with the administrator and ZMDC on plans to ensure that some of the operations get back to generating employment and revenue for the country.” — New Ziana.

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  • Yadzoramwando

    What is he smoking? There has always been a dewatering team at work at Shabanie unless he is saying they have increased the rate. Every minister since Midzi has told the nation that Shabanie will open very soon. Let him be the last one to lie. And 50 workers are 1% of the total workforce before closure

    • Lotract

      He is not smoking anything. Shabanie is not Mashava the dewatering is ongoing. It all starts from somewhere give him time.

    • cde. rekai

      This is a different type of fish, the mine will open.

  • mbuya oni

    INVESTORS HAVE COME TO THIS COMPANY AND GONE , SUNK AND LOST MONEY MOST OF WHICH HAS NOT BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR….START WITH AN AUDIT OF THE FIRM AND FOLLOW ALL UNACCOUNTED FUNDS.

    • cde. rekai

      The report just said they will use funds from the dumps. An audit can always take place cocurrently, but the mine needs to restart because it generates employement.

  • Observatory

    Why seek for an investor? The mines legally belongs to Mutumwa Mawere. Why not return the mines to Mawere and see what happens next.