Greater Chinhoyi Copper Dev Prog to spur mining industry

By ZBC Reporter

In line with government’s target of a USD12 Billion mining industry by 2023 Cabinet has approved the Greater Chinhoyi Copper Development Programme to become operational by that period.

The Copper Development Programme entails six copper projects.

This was revealed by the Minister of Information,Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa during a Post-Cabinet Media briefing this Tuesday.

Cabinet approved the Greater Chinhoyi Copper Development Programme which entails six copper projects becoming operational by 2023. A further three projects are Greenfield projects which will have resource definition being undertaken with the objective of making them operational,she said.

The project was presented by the Minister of Mines and Mining
Development, Honourable Wiston Chitando.

Senator Mutsvangwa also shed light on the number of projects and how they will be rolled out.

The Ministry of Mines and Mining Development will be submitting proposals in due course of the six projects, the re-treatment of the Mhangura and Alaska copper dumps which were previously approved by Cabinet whilst two new projects being the reopening of Angwa Mine in Chinhoyi and Shamrock mine in Hurungwe were approved by Cabinet. Proposals on two other projects to make them a total of six will be presented in due course.

The two projects approved at Cabinet are for joint ventures between ZMDC and Govine Enterprises over Shamrock Mine in Hurungwe which will reopen by the end of 2022 employing an estimated 4 500 people and generating US$32 million per annum.

Hongua International over Angwa mine and the Chidzikwe dump are also part of the partnership which will be operational by mid 2022 employing an estimated 400 people, generating an estimated US$33 million per annum.