Mea­sures to re­sus­ci­tate Sha­bani-Mashava Mines

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Bianca Mlilo

THE Par­lia­men­tary Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Mines and En­ergy has rec­om­mended the set­ting up of a board by Govern­ment to over­see the process of scout­ing for in­vestors to re­sus­ci­tate the de­funct Sha­bani-Mashava Mines.

The Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee re­vealed this in Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day af­ter it noted that the com­pany, which was once one of the big­gest con­trib­u­tors to eco­nomic devel­op­ment, was de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

Sha­bani-Mashava Mines were put un­der ju­di­cial man­age­ment in 2004 af­ter en­coun­ter­ing vi­a­bil­ity chal­lenges, which saw about 75 per­cent of the em­ploy­ees be­ing re­trenched.

At their peak, the as­bestos min­ing con­cerns used to em­ploy about 3 000 work­ers.

“We rec­om­mend that through the Govern­ment, a board be set to run the af­fairs of the mines through a prop­erly struc­tured ad­min­is­tra­tion, and that the board se­cures a new in­vestor to re­sus­ci­tate the mines which will be brought into the fray in line with dic­tates of Zim-As­set,” said leg­is­la­tors John Holder and Ezira Ru­vai.

The Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee added that the clo­sure of Sha­bani-Mashava Mines prej­u­diced over 2 000 em­ploy­ees due to non-pay­ment of salaries and wages and poor ser­vice de­liv­ery.

The leg­is­la­tors said the com­mit­tee had noted that the credit sta­tus of the as­bestos mines were get­ting worse since their clo­sure.

“We’re wor­ried that the work­ers may never get what is due to them and also that the prospects of the re– open­ing the mines may never dawn.”

Through the Sha­bani-Mashava Mines, Zim­babwe was the fifth best pro­ducer of as­bestos in the world con­tribut­ing 150 000 tonnes of the min­eral to the world mar­ket per year and sec­ond best ex­porter af­ter Rus­sia. @Bian­caMlilo

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