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Bravura Lithium Mine expected to start operations this year

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

A new lithium mine is being set up and expected to begin operations this year in Hwange, creating about five hundred jobs when fully operational.

Bravura Lithium Mine in Kamativi, which is a joint venture between Bravura Zimbabwe and Defold Mines, is expected to be commissioned within the next seven months.

The fully automated plant can process up to 300 tonnes of tailing dumps per hour, which translates to 300 000 tonnes of spodumene concentrate per annum and will employ about 500 people when fully operational.

“Our plant is being manufactured by a contractor in South Africa and it’s about 95% complete and almost ready for translocation to Zimbabwe. What we have to do is to create the plant foundation and once the plant arrives it will be installed.

“The plant should be in Zimbabwe in the next two to three months, it is a modular plant and it will come in different modules. Once all the components are on-site, it will take us about four months from installation to commissioning of the plant,” said Bravura Lithium Mine’s head of projects, Dr Tafadzwa Murinzi.

The Hwange traditional leadership is excited about the new development in the district.

Chief Nelukoba Mr Joseph Dingane said, “We are really happy about the situation, our children are going to work, they will stop poaching, and putting cyanide in the dams for the elephants to die.”

The government is impressed by the company’s project implementation strides.

“This is a major contribution given that we are looking forward for the mining industry to contribute significantly to Vision 2030. There are like salvaging on what used to be a waste and now a mineral is being extracted here. As technology continues to advance and new uses of minerals are discovered, it’s not surprising that after 100 years we will be coming here again to salvage or scavenge from the dump that has been produced as waste from the spodumene that they are now working towards,” said the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Honourable Zhemu Soda.

The mining industry contributes about 13,8% to the national Gross Domestic Product, and lithium, which is a key component in electric car batteries, has witnessed a massive spike in demand, generating millions of United States dollars for Southern African countries.

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