Mining Indaba a success – Minister Chitando

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT has described the Investing in African Mining Indaba which ended this Thursday in Cape Town South Africa as a huge success as it renewed investors’ appetite for destination Zimbabwe.
The five-day event which began on Sunday in Cape Town saw Zimbabwe represented by two exhibitors, ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’ and Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) with the exhibitors taking turns to highlight the opportunities in the country’s mining sector.
Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando who led the Zimbabwean delegation said that he is impressed by the interest shown by international delegates to invest in the country.
“I must say it has been quite an experience. We have seen a renewed desire by investors to partner us in exploring minerals like coal and platinum. The energy they are showing is amazing and I must admit that we have had a very successful show at this mining indaba. With what we have seen here I can safely say we are ready to reach our mining targets by 2023 going forward to reaching the middle-income economy by 2030.” said Chitando.
Zimbabwe Miners Federation President Henrietta Rushwaya said small scale miners managed to clinch deals at the mining indaba while also getting valuable lessons from the capital intensive industry.
“It has been quite an amazing experience being part of this global showcase. We have met people who are interested in forming joint ventures with us in areas that might need such co-operations. We have also realised that there are some new technologies that continue to be churned out that could change the way we do mining in the country. I can certainly say we have come out of this conference richer in terms of knowledge and experience.” Rushwaya said.
The annual mining indaba saw government representatives and stakeholders in the mining industry from across the globe exchanging notes and signing several business deals.