Articles tagged 'walter chidakwa'

Govt moves to ban chrome exports 10 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is mulling a ban on the export of chrome as it looks to build internal refinery capacity, the Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidakwa has said. Zimbabwe’s ferrochrome production is expected to double to 300 000 tonnes this year after the government allocated chr...
Zimplats surrenders claims to Zim govt 19 September 2017 HARARE - Zimplats, which is majority controlled by Impala Platinum, has said it has agreed to cede a contentious piece of land that it has for years suffered to retain, after government had sought to take it over. This comes after President Robert Mugabe’s government made a fresh bid in Januar...
Coal miners get ultimatum 28 June 2017 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidakwa has threatened to cancel mining licences of two coal miners, Monaf Investment (Monaf) and Appex Petroleum (Appex), due to non-performance. Chidakwa said government was not happy with lack of progress by the two coal miners which received grants seven yea...
Hands off SMM, Mawere tells govt 16 May 2017 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidakwa must keep his “dirty hands” off Shabanie Mashaba Mines (SMM), businessman Mutuma Mawere said yesterday. This comes after Chidakwa told Senators last week that Treasury would soon inject $15 million to resuscitate SMM. Chidakwa also revealed that his m...
Zimplats commits to Zim 2 May 2017 HARARE - Australia Stock Exchange-listed platinum producer, Zimplats, has vowed to remain in Zimbabwe despite threats by President Robert Mugabe’s government to seize more than half of the company’s land. This comes as other international mining giants such as Rio Tinto bowed out of the minera...
Zimplats, govt in talks over land grab 27 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's largest platinum producer, Zimplats, says it is in discussions with government over an impending compulsory acquisition of 28 000 hectares of its land by the State. The Alex Mhembere-led platinum mining company yesterday said while government had already made moves to grab ...
New diamond 'find' in Mutare 3 April 2017 HARARE - Thousands of families could be relocated from Penhalonga, just outside Mutare, amid claims that rich diamond deposits have been discovered in the area — although the government is dampening expectations. This comes as production at the Marange diamond fields, also in Manicaland, has p...
Minister queried over 'missing' $100m 17 March 2017 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidakwa was taken to task in Parliament on Wednesday over a “missing” $100 million loan that President Robert Mugabe said had been given to small scale miners. After being asked by MDC MP for Musikavanhu Prosper Mutseyami to shed more light on the matter, Chidak...
Zim to ramp up chrome production 3 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is planning to export over 800 000 tonnes of chrome this year, following the country’s move to re-distribute land previously held by miners. Mines minister Walter Chidakwa yesterday said government was moving to re-allocate 21 170 hectares (ha) of land that once belonged to t...
ZimAlloys scrounges for new investor 30 January 2017 HARARE - Despite government’s intention of compulsorily acquiring 22 000 hectares (ha) of land claims from ferrochrome producer, Zimbabwe Alloys (ZimAlloys), the former Anglo American subsidiary is scouting for a new investor. In a notice published by the company’s judicial manager last week, ...
Chinese investor readies to revive Kamativi Mine 25 November 2016 HARARE - Chinese investor, Beijing Pinchang, which has promised to inject $100 million to revive Kamativi Tin Mine which has been closed for almost 21 years, is working on the processing technology to extract all seven minerals in the Matabeleland North-based mine. Mines and Mining Development...
Zim to miss 2016 diamond target 29 July 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is expected to miss its six million carat 2016 diamond output projection by 58 percent following Mines minister Walter Chidakwa’s decision to boot out all, but two, of the country’s diamond miners, it has emerged. Chamber of Mines Zimbabwe president Toi Muganyi yesterday told...
Woman demands $15bn from Mugabe 19 April 2016 HARARE - An unspecified woman yesterday caused a stir at the National Sports Stadium after she inexplicably started following President Robert Mugabe's entourage demanding a share of the alleged missing $15 billion from Chiadzwa diamond mining fields revenue. State security officials had a tor...
Judge lashes govt over mines seizure 17 March 2016 HARARE - A High Court judge has lashed the government, saying it should not have unilaterally taken over diamond claims at Chiadzwa, as this amounted to the State taking the law into its own hands. The ruling by Justice Joseph Mafusire yesterday came after Mbada Diamonds' foreign shareholder, ...
Unions slam seizure of diamond firms 12 March 2016 HARARE - Two workers unions yesterday blasted government's take over of all Zimbabwe's diamond operations saying the move violates workers' rights. Mines minister Walter Chidakwa recently ordered all mining companies in Chiadzwa to stop mining but claimed government was not seizing the mines. ...
New Bougai Platinum Mine owner in hot water 11 March 2016 HARARE - The European owners of one of Zimbabwe's prime and undeveloped platinum resources have reportedly appointed Sebastian Buchte - an executive who has been arrested and deported from South Africa (SA) - to head its African operations. ERG LLP, a Luxembourg-based natural resources company...
Chidakwa buckles under pressure 10 March 2016 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidakwa has buckled under pressure and complied with a High Court order that okayed the return of Mbada Diamonds (Mbada)'s security officers to its Chiadzwa mining site to secure its diamonds and equipment. This also comes after Chinese diamond mining firm Anjin...
Chiadzwa mayhem continues unabated 8 March 2016 HARARE - The chaos and confusion that has characterised developments at the Marange diamond fields in Manicaland, ever since the government made its controversial decision last month to expropriate all the gem claims in the area, continues unabated. In addition to the move creating massive ten...
Court sjamboks defiant Chidakwa 5 March 2016 HARARE - High Court judge Justice Joseph Mafusire has shellacked Mines minister Walter Chidakwa, ruling that he wilfully defied a court order earlier this week that Mbada Diamonds be allowed to return to its Chiadzwa mining operations. The ruling was made after the South African-owned 50 perce...
Chidakwa grilled in court 4 March 2016 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidakwa was yesterday grilled by lawyers in court but defended himself saying he could not be held in contempt over his actions to defy a High Court order okaying the return of Mbada Diamonds (Private) Limited (Mbada) to its Chiadzwa mining site. Chidakwa appear...
Govt, diamond firms must find each other 25 February 2016 HARARE - The recent move by government to appropriate claims owned by diamond companies in Marange does not only smack of hypocrisy but also puts the country on a collision course with foreign investors and taints its relationship with China and Russia.  While it is true that all the diamond f...
Chaos rocks Chiadzwa again 24 February 2016 HARARE - The government's controversial decision this week to seize all of the country's diamond mines is backfiring spectacularly, amid revelations that hundreds of illegal panners have already invaded the gem-rich Marange fields in Manicaland as an unintended consequence — creating total chaos ...
Zim halts diamond miners ops 23 February 2016 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidakwa yesterday ordered all diamond companies to vacate their various concessions and cease operations after seven months of unfruitful firm consolidation talks between government and the miners. Chidakwa said while government had issued special grants to the ...
Zim produces 2,2 million diamond carats 5 November 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe has produced about 2,2 million carats of diamonds in the third quarter of the year, Mines minister Walter Chidakwa has said. Addressing a parliamentary pre-budget seminar in Victoria Falls, Chidakwa said the figure indicated an almost 30 percent slump on prior comparable peri...
Ministers defy VP Mphoko 22 October 2015 HARARE - Two Cabinet ministers, Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora and his mining counterpart Walter Chidakwa, are facing allegations of defying and undermining Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, and expropriating a mining claim from a key Joice Mujuru ally. Well-placed sources also say the sag...