By Mhlomuli Ncube
ONE of the coke producing companies launched last year by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Hwange is on an expansion drive targeting an output of 420 metric tonnes per annum.
Currently running three coke oven batteries with a production capacity of 280 metric tonnes per annum, South Mining’s latest project will see an injection of 60 million United States dollars by the end of next year.
The project includes a coke oven battery, exploration and by-product processing.
“This is a big project for us. It means South mining will become an integrated company with exploration, mining, coal processing, coking with a turnover of 70- 80 million us dollars per annum,” said Charles Muchabaiwa, South Mining Company Administrator.
The expansion is also expected to come with massive benefits for locals with the figure of 600 people who are employed at the mine tripling when the project is fully functional.
“We currently employ around 600 people and at its peak this project will have, 1 800 employees.”
Besides pushing its economic interests in Hwange, the company has also pledged to pay all the hospital bills for 8-year old Alisha Muzvite who was severely burnt by an underground coal fire last week.