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Mine commercialisation to feed into the 100-tonne gold target

Story by Davison Vandira

MUTARE-based Redwing Gold Mine is set for a major facelift to increase production from surface operations to underground mining in line with the country’s 100-tonne gold target for the year.

The Better Brands-owned mine, covering 1 276 hectares, has been operating surface mining largely executed by artisanal miners.

Driven by the desire to ramp up production in line with the envisaged US$12 billion mining industry, Redwing Mine has temporarily suspended operations to renovate its plant for the firm to venture into the more productive underground mining.

Better Brands Mining, which delivered 52 percent of the total gold delivered to Fidelity Printers and Refiners, are looking to double the 19 tonnes they delivered last year through streamlining of the activities, beginning with the commercialisation of Redwing Mine.

“As Better Brands Mining, we are there to serve the country and as such we are moving to expand our operations at Redwing by transitioning from surface mining which was largely artisanal with a lot of safety challenges, hence we are pouring in resources to upgrade it into commercial mining which improves on safety and foremost productivity, where we are aiming to surpass our 19 tonnes which we delivered last year,” said Mr Cuthbert Chitima, Better Brands Mining general manager.

Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister, Honourable Polite Kambamura welcomed Better Brands’ move saying it will shape the country’s mineral production towards the attainment of the all-encompassing Vision 2030.

“As a ministry, we have taken heed of Better Brands’ wishes to ramp up production through commercialisation of their Redwing Mine and we will work with them to see that this comes to fruition in a very good working environment,” he said.

2023 is a defining year for the mining industry as it seeks to attain the envisaged US$12 billion mining economy.

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