Gold dis­cov­ery boon for Nkayi

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Busi­ness Reporter

GOLD de­posits have been found in Nkayi Dis­trict un­der Chief Nkalakatha area in what lo­cals view as a unique eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to the Zim­babwe Min­ing Fed­er­a­tion (ZMF), vil­lagers have al­ready or­gan­ised them­selves into syn­di­cates to ex­tract the min­eral.

“Gold de­posits were dis­cov­ered in that area by amako­rokoza (gold pan­ners) some­time back but the prob­lem was that the area was not reg­u­lated to al­low min­ing ac­tiv­ity,” ZMF spokesper­son Mr Dos­man Mangisi said.

“All along there have been dis­putes over the area with seven min­ing syn­di­cates seek­ing con­trol of it.”

Mr Mangisi said his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s lead­er­ship met with the lo­cal lead­er­ship on Satur­day to pave way for ex­trac­tion of the min­eral af­ter get­ting min­ing per­mits from the Min­istry of Mines and Min­ing De­vel­op­ment.

The new busi­ness has been reg­is­tered un­der the name ‘Mahlabezulu Gold Mine’.

“A syn­di­cate of lo­cal peo­ple, co­or­di­nated by Mr Eras­mus Mongameli Manyabi, or­gan­ised the com­mu­nity and tra­di­tional lead­er­ship to for­malise their ac­tiv­ity by peg­ging the area.

“Their pa­pers have been reg­u­larised by the Gov­ern­ment to en­sure smooth op­er­a­tions and ben­e­fit by lo­cal peo­ple,” he said.

“From the as­sess­ment made, the project is set to ben­e­fit up to 10 000 peo­ple down­stream and up­stream with an ini­tial take­off of 45 peo­ple work­ing as min­ers.

“The mine has the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce an av­er­age eight grams per tonne with four grams free gold and if fully mech­a­nised at small scale op­er­a­tions it can pro­duce about seven kilo­grammes of gold per month.”

Mr Mangisi said the lo­cal syn­di­cate has al­ready mo­bilised a com­pres­sor and a wa­ter pump but would in the mean­time out­source ore pro­cess­ing ser­vices from a tech­ni­cal part­ner.

Nkayi dis­trict, which had no his­tory of min­ing, was poised for in­creased busi­ness ac­tiv­ity and job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

He said the project was also ex­pected to re­sult in the cre­ation of down­stream and up­stream busi­nesses such as hor­ti­cul­ture and in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment with op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal youth and women.

“This is a huge com­ple­ment to the Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment. It brings hope to the peo­ple of Nkayi who had lim­ited eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing er­ratic rain­falls which af­fect their farm­ing yields,” said Mr Mangisi.

“The ini­tia­tive would also con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s bul­lion mar­ket as the coun­try is tar­get­ing pro­duc­tion of 24 tonnes this year. This will trans­form lives of peo­ple in Nkayi.”

Mr Manyabi de­scribed the dis­cov­ery of gold in Nkayi as a “shot in the arm for the Nkayi com­mu­nity”, adding: “We have not heard any ma­jor eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity here.”

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