Articles tagged 'walter chidhakwa'

Chidhakwa, Gudyanga apply for remand refusal 9 October 2018 HARARE – Former Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa and Civil Service Commission permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga have applied for further remand refusal in a case they are alleged to have misappropriated $29 000 in board sitting allowances. Chidhakwa is being accused of appointing Gudyanga as...
Mpofu Parly probe over missing $15bn postponed 20 February 2018 HARARE - Parliament has postponed the hearing of Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu summoned to answer to the controversy surrounding the missing diamond revenue estimated at a staggering $15 billion. Parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Energy chairperson Temba Mliswa said Mpofu, who...
Chidhakwa's case postponed 5 January 2018 HARARE - Former Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidhakwa will appear in court on January 31, following the postponement of his case yesterday. Chidhakwa, 54, is currently out on $300 bail, granted by Harare magistrate Josephine Sande. Sande ordered him to report once every Fri...
Three illegal diamond miners killed in Marange 3 October 2017 HARARE - The bodies of three illegal miners were recovered in the Marange diamond fields last month amid a fresh diamond rush, Mines minister Walter Chidakwa has told the Senate. Chidakwa told senators on Thursday that the government is struggling to maintain peace in Chiadzwa. “The diamond...
Booted diamond miner Anjin seeks reinstatement 12 July 2017 HARARE - Chinese diamond mining firm Anjin Investments (Anjin), which was booted out of the Marange mining fields last year, has approached the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) demanding reinstatement. The application was made after Mines minister Walter Chidakwa ordered diamond mining firms t...
Aussie firm to build $300m platinum refinery 18 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has secured an independent Australian partner to build a $300 million platinum refinery, under a joint venture arrangement with State-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and a local player. Mines minister Walter Chidakwa yesterday said the company —  Kell Tec...
Parly demands return of diamond miners 5 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's Parliament has asked President Robert Mugabe’s government to open up the diamond sector to private players, a development which might give hope to gem miners who were forcibly kicked out by Mines ministry last year. This comes as the government, which shut down private diam...
Minister lies at KP 4 May 2017 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidakwa has been caught in the eye of a storm after he lied that all the legal issues surrounding government’s takeover of the Chiadzwa diamond fields have been completed. This comes at a time the newly-formed government mining company — Zimbabwe Consolidated Di...
Zim pays Russians $5m for diamonds 4 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has paid $5 million-plus to buy out Russian-led miner DTZ-OZGEO for expropriating its diamond claims in Chimanimani. This also comes as parliament is cranking up pressure on President Robert Mugabe to re-open the Marange gem fields to independent players before year-end, as a...
High Court derails mining firm's hopes 27 October 2016 HARARE - Mbada Diamonds' principals, Mauritius-registered Grandwell Holdings (Grandwell)'s hope of resuming mining operations in Marange were derailed yesterday after the High Court dismissed its application in which it sought to compel Marange Resources (Marange) to pay renewal fees for its spec...
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...
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 ...
Chidhakwa, Chinamasa contradict on mining projections 13 November 2014 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa says the mining sector is expected to grow by six percent this year against a negative growth of 1,9 percent predicted by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa. “The sector is projected to grow by an average of six percent in 2014. Its contribution to the ...
Govt considers scrapping diamond royalties 7 November 2014 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa says government is considering lowering or eliminating royalties on diamonds earmarked for the local market. This comes as government plans to resume local diamond auctions this month. “We are looking at the possibility of reducing or eliminating roy...
Zim to seize unused mines 18 September 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe plans to seize unused mines and hand them to productive local and international miners, the country's Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa said. He said government would repossess the non-productive miners' claims. “Those fortunate enough to have these claims must use them. Let...
Govt decentralises mining districts 18 August 2014 HARARE - Government on Friday gazetted a statutory instrument decentralising the country's mining districts, in a move meant to rationalise operations in the ministry. This comes as Mines and Mining Development deputy minister Fred Moyo recently announced that government had abolished the post...
It's the economy, stupid 13 August 2014 HARARE - Americans have a saying “it’s the economy, stupid” to rein in politicians and leaders of ruling political parties whenever they try to divert people’s attention from real bread and butter issues to other peripheral issues like war, homeland security, attacks on foreign governments as wel...
Zim seeks new mineral deposits 8 May 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe is exploring for new mineral deposits as the hard pressed government seeks to raise cash from the country’s vast resources. Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa said the new deposits will be used for securitisation of national loans and credits. Among its extensive minerals bas...
Zim to continue Dubai diamond sales: Minister 6 May 2014 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa yesterday said Zimbabwe would continue to sell its diamonds in Dubai despite the country failing to redeem $30 million from Global Diamond Tenders, a month after the auction. “Dubai isn’t the issue but the facilitators. We have been selling our diamonds...
Zim mulls diamonds polishing law 30 April 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe plans to promulgate a law that compels diamond miners to sell 10 percent of their gems to local cutting and polishing firms. The move is part of government’s aggressive beneficiation programme, under which it seeks to realise more value from its minerals, particularly diamond...
More reforms needed: Chidhakwa 22 April 2014 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa says Zimbabwe must introduce economic reforms to support the reintroduction of the Special Economic Zones (Sez). Speaking at a Special Economic Zone (Sez) workshop — jointly organised by government, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme and t...
Dubai diamonds auction: Zim rakes in $29m 8 April 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe realised $29,2 million from the auction of 380 000 diamond carats in Dubai last week. From the earnings, Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa said government will collect $4,3 million in royalties. Seven diamond mining companies based in Marange participated in the gem sale, wh...
Zim considers Implats refinery proposal 21 March 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe is considering a platinum refinery construction proposal by South Africa-based Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), businessdaily has learnt. Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa yesterday said he met Implats chairperson, Khotso Mokhele, this Wednesday to discuss the modalities of ...
Foreign investors eye SMM 27 February 2014 HARARE - Foreign investors are keen on investing in the revival of dormant mines including Shabani-Mashava Mine (SMM), Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa said. Apart from the Zvishavane-based asbestos producer, he said the financiers have also expressed interest in the Kamativi tin mine in Mhangu...
Govt reposesses unused platinum claims 25 February 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe plans to repossess unused platinum claims as part of strategies to improve mineral production in the country. Mines minister, Walter Chidhakwa, told businessdaily that his ministry is currently working on a legal framework to enable government to repossess the claims. He s...