Local explosives production to boost mining sector

By ZBC Reporter

CHINHOYI based firm, Jiangshan Explosives has invested over US$3 million towards setting up an explosives production plant and has since resumed operations.

The firm, which is set to employ 80 full-time workers at full production capacity, resumed explosives manufacturing this November and can produce 1 000 tonnes of the product monthly.

“The plant has a high production capacity which surpasses our storage capacity. The local production of explosives will help the mining industry operations and help save foreign currency. We will employ 80 people at full capacity. Currently, we have 40 from the local community,” said Vengayi Mhlanga, the General Manager at Jiangshan Explosives.

The Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Mary Mliswa told the company to find a competitive edge and aggressively market its explosives.

“This investment is to our advantage… Your product and prices have to be competitive. Even if the Ministry of Industry may present your case to Treasury, they will say what benefits we are going to have from your pricing regime. They have to know that the products have to be beneficial to the country. It has to be a win-win situation for you, the government and the people in mining,” she said.

Since resuming production this November, the company has employed 40 workers but is currently on shutdown for Christmas with their magazines already loaded with explosives.

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