By Daniel Chigundu
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government will continue to reopen closed mines in an effort to increase gold output.
Zimbabwe is blessed with vast gold reserves but most mines are currently closed or are under care and maintenance owing to challenging operational environment.
This has seen government relying on small miners who have done well despite lack of sophisticated equipment and adequate resources.
Addressing party supporters at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma during a political campaign rally, President Mnangagwa said he was proud of the small miners but his government will continue to resurrect closed mines.
“…I am told small miners have increased their gold output, I am proud of them, keep that up and we will continue to support them. We have programs were we are resurrecting mines and we have already resurrected many of them within the last 6 months.
“We have resurrected Mashaba Mine, Shabanie Mine and Eureka Mine in Guruve, here in Kadoma there is Cam and Motor Mine which closed in 1968 but we opened it and it currently has about 850 people working there.
“In Kwekwe we are also going to resurrect all the mines such as Sabi Gold Mine, but there is a whole list of mines that we are going to open.
“Right now they have been saying to me lets go and open other mines but I have said no let us go and vote first so that we can do the opening while celebrating our victory, eating meat and rejoicing,” he said.
Since coming to power in November last year President Mnangagwa has attracted a lot of foreign direct investment commitments to the tune of $16 billion against a previous situation where the country was only getting about $500million per year.
Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa has said he is confident of victory in the upcoming elections, adding that contrary to what others political parties are saying, his party Zanu PF is not influencing ZEC in anything.-