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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Au­gust 6, 1966 — Ka­ma­tivi Tin Mine, Africa’s big­gest un­der­ground tin work­ings, and the mine with the low­est grade tin ore and the high­est pu­rity re­fined tin in the world, is fast mov­ing to­wards a 100 per­cent out­put from its new in­cline shaft.

The mine is also work­ing to­wards a 100 per­cent jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of the faith of the Bil­li­ton min­ing group in the Ka­ma­tivi ven­ture, Mr JW M Bel­la­sis, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the com­pany in Rhode­sia, said yes­ter­day. Since 1953,Bil­li­ton have in­vested more than £2 250 000 in de­vel­op­ing Ka­ma­tivi.

The new shaft costs £300 000. Early this year, Ka­ma­tivi be­gan milling ore from the shaft. A cou­ple of months ago the mill be­gan work­ing to ca­pac­ity: 50,000 tonnes of ore a month. Half of this is still drawn from open cast work­ing.

By the end of the year, all ore milled will be drawn from the shaft, where val­ues are bet­ter than in the open cast work­ings. When the mill’s to­tal ca­pac­ity is fed from the shaft, the group’s faith in Ka­ma­tivi will be jus­ti­fied.

The value of the present and po­ten­tial out­put is on strate­gic se­crets list. But its value to the Nether­lands group that owns and has de­vel­oped it was hinted at by Mr Bel­la­sis, who is also a gen­eral man­ager of the mine.

He said: “It is a feather in Bil­li­ton’s cap. They have con­sis­tently shown faith in the fu­ture of tin from Ka­ma­tivi. They richly de­serve to reap the ben­e­fit”.

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