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More airlines fly into Cape Town, connecting countries in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 Two African airlines have launched flights to Cape Town over the past month, bringing more business and tourism opportunities to the Mother City. Kenya Airways launched a nonstop direct flight from Nairobi to Cape Town on June 6. The new service operates a Boeing 737-800. This is in addition to... 

Zimbabwe Parliament drops call for Mugabe to answer questions on diamond mines

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Zimbabwe's parliament on Monday backed down from its demand for former President Robert Mugabe to answer questions related to diamond mining operations during his time in office. In what would have been his first public appearance since being ousted in a de facto military coup in November,... 

City of Cape Town to spend R2.1bn on housing 

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday said its Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will spend R2.1-billion on the development of new housing opportunities. This comes after the TDA budget for the next financial year, starting on 1 July 2018, was set at R5.34-billion. 

Land ceded by Zimplats to be used for Karo's $4.2bn project

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2018 A platinum-bearing mine concession ceded by a subsidiary of Impala Platinum will be used by Karo Resources to develop a $4.2-billion mining complex, Zimbabwe’s mines minister said. Impala, based in Johannesburg, on Wednesday said its Zimplats subsidiary had agreed to release 23 903 ha of land to... 

Zimbabwe removes requirement for foreign mines to list locally

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Zimbabwe's Parliament has passed amendments to the mining bill after removing clauses that required foreign mining companies to list locally, according to an official record of Parliament's debates seen on Friday. Mines Minister Winston Chitando had last month promised to remove the requirements,... 

Tharisa may join Karo in $4.2bn Zimbabwe platinum project

By: Bloomberg     31st May 2018 Tharisa, the platinum and chrome miner run by the Pouroulis family, is considering investing in a $4.2-billion platinum project in Zimbabwe being developed by another company founded by the family. Tharisa would join Karo Resources, founded by mining entrepreneur Loucas Pouroulis, in building the... 

Africa Day – 55 years on

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th May 2018 As you read this piece, I am probably putting together the next instalment or doing whatever else my job description demands I should be doing each weekday. But colleagues in countries such as Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are probably braai-ing in their backyards or engaging... 

Biomimicry is one of the top tech trends, says expert

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 Nature-inspired design – biomimicry – has been highlighted as one of the key technology trends that will shape the future and is beginning to transform industries across the world. The rapidly growing field focuses on adapting nature’s solutions to solve man-made design challenges. 

Zimbabwe Parliament delays Mugabe's questioning on diamond revenue

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Former President Robert Mugabe will not appear before Zimbabwe's Parliament as scheduled on Wednesday to answer questions on diamond mining operations, a legislator said. Temba Mliswa, who leads the Parliamentary committee on mines, said the clerk of parliament hadn't written to Mugabe to invite... 

Zimbabwe miner looking at refinery upgrade for battery grade lithium

By: Reuters     7th May 2018 A Zimbabwean mining company is considering upgrading a local nickel refinery to produce battery grade lithium or alternatively build a new lithium carbonate plant at a cost of up to $150-million, its managing director said on Monday. Lithium is in demand globally as a battery metal needed for the... 

Zimbabwe to sign $700m coal-bed methane deal this month

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2018 Zimbabwe’s government plans to sign a $700-million deal with an investor that will develop a coal-bed methane site, Mines Minister Winston Chitando said. The accord comes as new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took office in November, courts foreign investment to rebuild an economy that halved... 

Marange villagers disperse after diamond protest in Zimbabwe

By: African News Agency      25th April 2018 After two days of demonstrations – which at one stage turned violent – disgruntled villagers from Zimbabwe’s diamond-rich area of Marange on Tuesday began dispersing after a day of running battles with the police. There were no major injuries reported. Police fired tear gas and threatening to... 

Zimbabwe's parliament orders Mugabe to answer questions over diamonds

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Zimbabwe's parliament has ordered former leader Robert Mugabe to answer questions next month about whether the state was deprived of $15-billion in diamond revenue, a legislator said on Friday. It will be Mugabe's first public appearance since last November when the army deposed him in a de facto... 

Illegal gold miners invade Grace Mugabe's farm amid legal dispute

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 A farm owned by Robert Mugabe's wife Grace is at the centre of a legal dispute after hundreds of illegal gold miners invaded parts of the property and started mining gold. A Reuters photographer saw hundreds of illegal miners digging for gold at the Smithfield citrus farm using picks and shovels,... 

Missing $15bn diamond revenue – 'It's all lies,' says Mugabe

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has retracted his remarks over the alleged missing $15-billion diamond revenue amid investigations by the national assembly, according to a report. In a claim that's coming back to haunt him, the former Zimbabwe strongman said in 2016 that $15-billion... 

Zimbabwe to sell shares in State-owned firms as part of reforms

By: Reuters     13th April 2018 Zimbabwe is looking to sell shares in 35 State-owned firms, including telecoms and mining entities in the latest step to revive the economy under new political leadership, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Friday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who came to power in November after a de... 

Tim Stewart

13th April 2018 This week we feature flexible packaging company MD Tim Stewart   

Zimbabwe government buys Boeing planes, leases them to new airline

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Zimbabwe has bought two Boeing 777 aircraft and an Embraer plane from Malaysia, the finance minister said on Wednesday, adding the planes would be leased to a new local airline until national carrier Air Zimbabwe returned to profitability. Patrick Chinamasa said Harare had agreed with an... 

Senior govt officials, including Zim VP 'to appear before Parliament' about $15bn diamond scandal

By: News24Wire      10th April 2018 Several senior government officials have reportedly been summoned by Zimbabwe's parliamentary portfolio committee on mines and energy over the missing $15-billion diamond revenue. According to reports, former President Robert Mugabe, announced in 2015 that $15-billion of diamonds were spirited... 

Zimbabwe wants mining companies to list on local exchange

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2018 Zimbabwe wants mining companies operating in the country to list the majority of their shares on the local exchange, stirring uncertainty among investors as the nation with the world’s biggest platinum reserves after South Africa tries to bring in money to fix the economy. “No mining right or... 

Early days, but some SA firms responding to Zimbabwe’s open-for-business pledge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 Robert Mugabe may no longer be at the helm of Zimbabwe Inc, but the mess he created over his 37-year rule remains – the country’s infrastructure is, for the most part, in a sorry state, its economy is moribund and unemployment has reached ridiculously high levels, with figures as high as 90%... 

Early days, but some SA firms responding to Zimbabwe’s open-for-business pledge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 Robert Mugabe may no longer be at the helm of Zimbabwe Inc, but the mess he created over his 37-year rule remains – the country’s physical and social infrastructure is, for the most part, in a sorry state, its economy is moribund and unemployment has reached ridiculously high levels, with figures... 

Zimbabwe signs $4.2bn platinum deal to transform mining sector

By: Reuters     22nd March 2018 Cyprus-based Karo Resources will invest $4.2-billion to develop a platinum mine producing 1.4-million ounces of platinum group metals annually by 2023, Zimbabwe Mines Minister Winston Chitando said on Thursday. Zimbabwe is again attracting investments into the mining sector after foreign investor... 

Zimbabwe changes empowerment law limiting majority ownership to diamond and platinum

By: Reuters     19th March 2018 Zimbabwe has changed its empowerment law to limit majority ownership by state entities to only diamond and platinum mines and not the entire mining sector as in previous legislation, according to a government notice. The Indigenisation and Econmic Empowerment Act was designed to increase black... 

Zimbabwe gives mines, farmers six months to clear electricity bills

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 Zimbabwe's state-owned electricity distributor has given businesses, including mines and large-scale farms, six months to clear their bills or risk being cut off and face litigation, the company said on Monday. The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDS) is owed more... 

Zimbabwe says has potential to meet 20% of global lithium demand

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Zimbabwe aims to supply 10% of the world's lithium and could reach 20%, the mines minister from Africa's top producer of the alkali metal used in batteries for electric vehicles said on Wednesday. "We believe we have the potential to actually account for 20% of global demand when all known... 

Prospect exercises option on lithium project in north-eastern Zimbabwe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th February 2018 Australia-listed lithium company Prospect Resources has added to its lithium resource base in Zimbabwe by exercising an option to acquire the Good Days project, near Mutoka, north-eastern Zimbabwe. The 8km2 project contains numerous mineralised pegmatites, including historical workings for... 

Zimbabwe expects mineral revenue to rise to $1.78bn in 2018

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 Zimbabwe expects to earn $1.78-billion from mineral sales in 2018, up from $1.5-billion last year, Masimba Chandavengerwa, chief executive of the government marketing agency, told a mining conference on Tuesday. Political changes that saw former president Robert Mugabe step down last year after... 

Michael Roberts

9th February 2018 This week we feature Michael Roberts, CEO of Khonology, a technology services provider   

Zimplats quarterly profit surges 69% on higher sales

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Zimplats on Thursday reported a 69% rise in profit to $41-million for the quarter ended December, helped by the sale of platinum group metal stockpiles from the previous quarter and higher prices. Zimbabwe's largest platinum miner, which is 87% owned by Impala Platinum Holdings, sells platinum... 

Prospect raises $10m for Zimbabwe lithium mine development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st January 2018 Southern Africa-focused lithium and gold mining and exploration company Prospect Resources has raised $10-million before costs, through an oversubscribed share placement of 166-million shares at 6c apiece. The ASX-listed company said on Wednesday that it would use the funds to accelerate the... 

Zimbabwe's chamber of mines expects 2018 gold to rise to record high of 30 t

By: Reuters     30th January 2018 Zimbabwe’s gold production is projected to rise to a record 30 t this year as producers ramp up output, a chamber of mines official said on Tuesday. Pardon Chitsuro told a business meeting that platinum production would also rise to 15.5 t this year from 14.2 t in 2017. 

Tharisa's Pouroulis meets Zimbabwe leader, seeks opportunities

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2018 Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis met Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on January 18, as the Cyprus-based platinum and chrome mining company seeks opportunities in the country with the world’s second-biggest reserves of the metals. Pouroulis was accompanied to the meeting in Mnangagwa’s... 

Zimbabwe's gold output rose to 24.8 t in 2017 – central bank

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Zimbabwe's full year gold production rose to 24.8 t in 2017 from 22.7 t the previous year, the central bank's refining and printing subsidiary said on Wednesday. Gold is the southern African nation's top mineral export earner, with production rising in the last four years after small-scale and... 

Zimbabwe considers building gold, diamond reserves to back currency relaunch

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said his government is considering building reserves of gold and diamonds to back the eventual relaunch of the country’s own currency. The nation abandoned the Zimbabwe dollar in February 2009 after an economic collapse saw inflation surge to about... 

Zimbabwe may scrap local ownership rule on platinum, diamonds

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Zimbabwe, which has the world’s second-biggest platinum reserves, may lift a requirement that companies mining the metal or diamonds must be at least 51%-owned by black citizens of the country, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said. Mnangagwa, who became president in November after Robert Mugabe... 

SADC’s opportunity for atonement

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th January 2018 The citizens of two Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries – Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – go to the polls this year in what this lowly journalist regards as a chance for the regional bloc to mend its tattered reputation. But whether this... 

Zim govt flags Prospect’s lithium project as priority

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2018 ASX-listed Prospect Resources’ flagship lithium deposit has been identified as a priority mining development by Zimbabwe’s Office of the President and Cabinet. The Arcadia lithium project has been selected following the new Zimbabwean government’s directive that the Ministry of Mines and Mining... 

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