By Wallace Mawire
The first edition of the Mining and Suppliers handbook 2017, a
solution based listing of Zimbabwe’s minerals, miners, suppliers and
other stakeholders has been unveiled.
The handbook was unveiled at the recent 2017 mining and media awards
under the theme promoting the mining sector value chain contribution
to national development.
According to Munyaradzi Hwengwere, Management Consultant for
MEJRKH, Communications and Media Advisory the publishers of the
handbook the publication is in hard copy and on digital platforms.
Hwengwere says that the publication compliments efforts being made
by various stakeholders within the mining industry to increase
availability of information on the sector.
It is also reported that the significance of the mining sector to
the Zimbabwean economy cannot be over-emphasised. Mining remains the
key driver to the economic revival of the country and its contribution
compares favourably with both international and regional experiences.
The mining sector contributes in excess of 10% to GDP, more than 50%
to national exports, around 13% of fiscal revenues, more than 50% to
FDI and creates more than 45 000 formal jobs.
Some of the topics covered in the handbook include the economic
geology of Zimbabwe, minerals of Zimbabwe, key players in the mining
industry, base minerals information on minerals such as copper, iron
ore, chrome and nickel.
Energy minerals outlined are copper, methane, coal-bed methane.
Industrial minerals outlined are asbestos, diamonds, graphite,
lithium. Precious metals outlined include gold and silver.
The handbook also has contacts of small scale miners and information
on mining fees.