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EIGHT members of the Zimbabwe National Army reportedly stormed Ceola Mine in Concession, Mashonaland Central province, last week and tried to disarm security guards before stealing gold ore valued at US$150 and fleeing in a military-issue vehicle.
According to Newsday, The matter came to light at Concession District Hospital on Friday, where one of the soldiers was admitted after being mauled by guard dogs after failing to jump into their escape vehicle.
Shelton Marerwa (52) was remanded in custody to June 28 while on his hospital bed by Concession resident magistrate Ruth Moyo.
The State alleges that Marerwa, who holds the rank of captain, together with his seven accomplices, stormed at Ceola Mine and identified themselves as being from the President’s Office.
The soldiers, who were armed with three loaded pistols, demanded storeroom keys, alleging that the mine firearms had no licences and, therefore, ordered the security guards to surrender their firearms.
The guards resisted and fought back, before unleashing vicious dogs on the soldiers. The military men fled and left their captain behind, who had been injured in the tussle.
The accused stole a cellphone and some gold ore, before driving away in the military truck.
The soldiers dumped their getaway vehicle after it broke down only a few kilometres from the crime scene.
Police officers towed it to Mazowe Police Station, where it is currently held as exhibit. Source: Newsday
OFFICIAL HIV/AIDS interventions need not target male gold artisanal miners alone because their female counterparts can also turn into “sex predators”, the National Aids Council has heard.
During a tour of the Midlands’s artisanal mining flashpoints including the small town of Shurugwi, officials were told the fight against AIDS need to be holistic and in seeking to reduce prevalence among informal miners, female gold panners are sometimes left out.
“When stakeholders come to talk about HIV/AIDS, they usually target male gold panners, forgetting that here we have women too.
“From my experience, I have seen that after spending two weeks underground the female artisanal miners do not care whom their next sexual partner is,” Condom Champion Tichaona Kwashira said during a recent National Aids Council tour of its HIV/Aids advocacy centres in Midlands.
“They will just target the next male available and demand sex and in most cases, no condoms will be available as women rarely carry condoms with them.”
He added: “In the heat of the moment, they (female artisanal miners) can also force anyone to have sex with them and also pay handsomely. Remember these are not sex workers but gold panners.”
Kwashira said in their interactions as point persons in the distribution of condoms, encouraging women to carry condoms is the new frontier.
“Sometimes they will tell you that if you have a condom, let’s use it, but if you don’t have, let’s indulge in unprotected sex.
“The wild mindset is common among female and male artisanal miners and also most of the time they will be drunk and they will only start thinking about using a condom after the act,” he said.
It was also learnt that while there are sometimes “short-term-permanent” relationships, these have also helped the spread of the pandemic given the propensity to drop the use of protection after a while before moving on to the next partner.
“When these artisanal miners have ‘permanent partners’ they drop condoms before they move to the next partner after some few weeks.
“But these relationships do not last and the unprotected sex becomes high among artisanal miners,” said another condom champion.
Recently, the government regularised the operations of gold artisanal miners in recognition of their contribution to the economy.
The move could open floodgates given the high rate of unemployment.
Along with these sex orgies and drug abuse, the artisanal mining sector has also become dangerous as rival groups move around with weapons such as machetes, catapults and spears to mark and defend territories. Source: New Zimbabwe
THE Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) has received mining equipment from Lifetouch International Investments under a US$2 million partnership that will see the entity playing a huge role in supporting small-scale mining in the country.
The latest deal is part of synergies that ZMF embarked on in a bid to capacitate small-scale miners who are faced with capacity constraints, all in a bid to boost gold production.
Lifetouch International Investments is a cement manufacturer based in Redcliff, Kwekwe.
The US$2 million deal saw the mining federation receiving the first batch of equipment on Tuesday last week.
The equipment includes generators, compressors, stone crushers and jaw crushers. The company also pledged more support for the mining sector through the supply of more equipment, fuel as well spares.
Receiving the consignment at the company’s cement plant in Redcliff, ZMF president, Ms Henrietta Rushwaya, said the equipment will go a long way in strengthening the gold processing centres that Government is setting up across the country.
“This contribution comes at a time when we are setting up gold centres across the country. It will certainly go a long way in ensuring that the small-scale mining sector will increase production. The partnership will also go a long way in ensuring that our gold processing centres across the country are well resourced,” she said.
Ms Rushwaya said with such synergies, the gold production sector was confident of surpassing this year’s gold output target of 40 tonnes.
“By so doing, we are trying to increase gold production and as of now, we are confident that we will meet, if not surpass the 40 tonnes earmarked for 2019.
“We are also trying to increase investor confidence in the country by proving that companies can come and invest in Zimbabwe and have such kind of partnerships with local companies,” she said.
Ms Rushwaya said ZMF was also in the process of erecting spare parts shops for gold mining equipment under the partnership.
Lifetouch chief executive officer, Mr Don Wang, said the gesture was triggered by the realisation of the potential the small scale miners have in increasing the country’s gold production but lagging behind in the capacitation thereof.
“It is our pleasure to provide ZMF with mining equipment, and this is the duty that we should play in the development of Zimbabwe. We are focusing on the small-scale miners who have the potential but lack the capacity to produce. So, we partner with ZMF so that they can realise the full potential,” said Mr Don.
He said everyone in the country has a role to play towards the development of the country.
“We are also playing our role as a company towards the development of the country that we are in, that is Zimbabwe. Everyone has a role to play and we are leading by example that everyone should play a role,” said Mr Don.
Last month, ZMF entered another similar pact with Shurugwi based company Pabloz Investments and received equipment for use in the sector. Source: Chronicle
Aim listed, Vast Resources has established a road map with all key stakeholders which will enable it to mine diamonds on the Heritage Concession in Zimbabwe.
This follows meetings that took place in Harare last week between Vast Resources senior management, the local community leaders and the parastatal Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company Ltd (ZCDC).
The agreements concerning the Heritage Diamond Concession will now be directly between the company and the ZCDC rather than the local community, but the local community will be maintained as a beneficial recipient of shared profits as per the original agreement.
“After taking part in the meetings last week with our senior management, the community chiefs and ZCDC, I am pleased to say that the timeline to closing the agreements will now be accelerated. I plan to return to Zimbabwe shortly for what I hope will be the finalisation of the contractual terms, and also to establish the commencement of the project.
“This amendment to the structure of the arrangement should not only accelerate the process to commencement, but should also provide the company further opportunities to work with the ZCDC.”
LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambia will fine and break ties with mining firms that fail to operate according to the southern African country’s laws, President Edgar Lungu said on Thursday, escalating a dispute with India-listed Vedanta.
Vedanta is fighting Zambia’s decision last month to name a provisional liquidator to run its Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) business and is seeking international arbitration.
Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer, says KCM has breached the terms of its licence.
The dispute between Vedanta and the Zambian government has intensified concerns among international miners about rising resource nationalism in Africa.
Lungu said in a statement at a mining and energy conference in Lusaka that the government expected investors to operate within the confines of the law.
“Failure to do so will result in the government imposing sanctions and disengaging with the unwilling parties,” he said in the statement read out by Mines Minister Richard Musukwa.
Zambia’s Chamber of Mines said last month that 2019 copper output could be as much as 100,000 tonnes lower than last year because of changes to mining taxes.
Zambia plans to introduce a new non-refundable sales tax in place of Value Added Tax, despite criticism from mining companies.
Lungu disagreed with the Chamber of Mines’ predictions, saying the government forecast copper output would reach 890,000 tonnes by the end of the year, more than last year.
He said the government was ready for dialogue with miners, which account for 70 per cent of export earnings.
But he added: “The government will not take kindly to any form of arm-twisting on the part of industry with regard to meeting their obligations.”
JOHANNESBURG – Gold production is on its longest losing streak in more than a decade.
Fresh from losing its status as continent leader to Ghana, South Africa’s gold industry suffered a further blow yesterday with output in the sector plunging 19.5percent year on year in April, dragging down production in the whole mining sector with it.
South African gold production has declined by more than 54percent since 2005, for reasons including increased depth of mining, less working time at the face due to greater distances from shaft infrastructure, declining grades, rising costs and stoppages.
René Hochreiter, a mining analyst at Noah Capital Markets, said the gold sector was fast approaching its sell-by date and that platinum, manganese and coal held more promise.
“If you add in total costs, including capex, most of South Africa’s gold production is loss-making. The resources are very deep and the cost of getting those resources is so high that it is not worth it,” Hochreiter said.
“I don’t see South African gold production reaching the kind of tons it did 15 to 20 years ago. Production will basically continue to decline because of the costs.”
Output in the sector this year was also harmed by the five-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater gold mines by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and power outages that took place in the first quarter of the year.
Statistics South Africa said mining production shrank 1.5percent on a yearly basis in April with declined output in iron ore, chromium ore, nickel and building materials joining gold as the main negative contributors in the period.
Gains were recorded in copper, manganese ore, platinum group metals, diamonds and other non-metallic minerals sectors. On a monthly basis, mining output dropped by 2.3percent, following an increase of 4.2percent month on month in March.
Minerals Council South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven said gold production was unlikely to recover to its previous levels.
“Gold’s lower production was accelerated by the Sibanye-Stillwater strike action. However, the Minerals Council has been saying for a long time that more than 60percent of gold mines are marginal or loss-making and the fact that Sibanye is closing shafts is an example of the reality of this,” Langenhoven said.
FNB economist Matlhodi Matsei said although April’s print outcome spelt a weak start to mining production in the second quarter, the sector would like to see an improvement in the remainder of the quarter.
“Factors that are likely to support recovery include improved electricity supply compared to the first quarter, as well as some normalisation in gold mining production following the end of the protracted strike at Sibanye-Stillwater,” Matsei said.
“Nevertheless, the backdrop of cooling global activity and ongoing trade tensions present downside risks to this potential recovery.”
The mining and quarrying industry decreased by 10.8percent in the first quarter largely as the result of low production of coal, gold, iron ore and chrome ore. Together with manufacturing, trade and agriculture, the sector formed the biggest negative of the first quarter’s shock 3.2percent contraction.
Activity data this week showed that the manufacturing and trade sectors rebounded strongly at the start of the second quarter.
Capital Economics emerging markets economist Virág Fórizs said while mining figures for April were softer than expected, stronger conditions in the rest of the economy suggested that the second quarter started on a brighter note.
“Manufacturing output growth jumped to 4.6percent year on year in April, while retail sales rose by 2.4percent year on year. And measured on a month-on-month basis, the manufacturing and retail sectors also recorded stronger growth in April than in the first quarter. Taken together, the figures for April point to South Africa starting the second quarter on a firmer footing,” Fórizs said.
A Zimbabwe Republic Police Officer, who allegedly led a heist at former Gwanda mayor, Knowledge Ndlovu’s Ettrick Mine and allegedly stole gold ore worth thousands of United States dollars, was reportedly arrested after a high-speed chase.
The incident reportedly took place on Saturday night in Colleen Bawn, about 20km outside Gwanda.
Reports say the cop, Bhekimpilo Moyo, who is stationed at Gwanda Police Station, and his accomplices went to the mine when Ndlovu was milling some gold ore.
The gang came across the former mayor’s employees guarding some gold ore, which was waiting to be ferried to the stamp mill, and they attacked them.
Fearing for their lives, the employees reportedly fled from the mine, leaving Moyo and his gang behind. It is alleged that the gang then loaded the gold ore into their truck and left
The workers phoned their employer, Ndlovu, who rushed to the mine and intercepted the gang as they were leaving the mine.
The cop and some of his accomplices were apprehended after a 10km high-speed chase.
They were handed over to the police.
Contacted for comment, Ndlovu said he could not comment because it was now in the hands of the police.
“The matter is in the hands of the police. I can’t comment on the issue. It could jeopardise investigations,” he said.
Matabeleland South police spokesperson Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele yesterday also declined to comment on the matter.
Last month, another police officer appeared in court accused of illegal gold panning and stealing gold ore from Gaika Mine in Kwekwe.
Donemore Nyashanu (33), of Mazvikite village under Chief Mposi in Mberengwa, a Support Unit operative, connived with five other members of the joint taskforce, who were tasked with guarding Gaika Mine, to conduct illegal mining activities and steal gold ore. Source – NEWSDAY
A South African popular news website reported that Zimbabwean national Frank Joe Moyo, who was allegedly linked to illegal mining, was murdered on Tuesday evening in Limpopo in South Africa.
Police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe said Moyo was shot dead at about 7.30pm in Letsitele, outside Tzaneen.
“It is alleged that a 41-year-old man [Moyo], was coming from the Carnival City in Gauteng and arrived at a house in Zanghoma village to pay his ‘illegal mining employee’,” Ngoepe said.
“Moyo was outside the house talking to some of the employees when an unknown assailant entered the yard, shot him and fled on foot with his cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money.”
Moyo was certified dead at the scene.
Around 52 people are murdered in South Africa every day. The murder rate increased rapidly in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Between 1994 -2009, the murder rate halved from 67 to 34 murders per 100,000 people.
For the past two months, Zimbabwe has been experiencing severe unstable power supply. This came after South Africa’s Eskom experienced massive problems in relations to finances which led it to implement massive power cuts for the first time since 1994.
Zimbabwe Electricity supply authority (ZESA) Holdings reportedly owed South Africa power utility, Eskom and Mozambican Power Company an estimate of US$100 million debt for power imports, with Eskom struggling to survive amidst its huge debt, the power utility can’t afford to give ZESA electricity on credit.
Zimbabwe has a daily peak demand of 1 400MW of which currently the country is producing 800 MW from a supposed 930 MW. This is, therefore, a direct indication that despite low water levels in the Kariba dam, the country doesn’t meet the country’s electricity demand.
Zimbabwe can access up to 450MW from both South Africa and Mozambique if the two regional power utilities are paid off their monies which amounts to an estimated US$100 million. If the country is able to import from its regional countries unstable electricity supply in the country will eventually cease.
ZESA is also failing to supply electricity enough for the country because it is selling its electricity at very low prices. ZESA currently charges $0, 0986 per kilowatt hour nearly $0,025 when using the inter-bank rate and about $0, 015 when using the parallel market rate while it costs about $0, 11 per kWh to produce electricity locally. Thus, ZESA is operating at a loss, therefore, a clear indication of why the country is experiencing these extraordinary power cuts.
Zambia which shares hydropower project with Zimbabwe at Kariba dam reportedly has surplus electricity production which is expected to power the SADC. Zambia generates practically all its energy production from its own primary resources. These resources include biomass, coal and hydroelectricity.
Recently the minister of Energy Fortune Chasi reportedly said that water levels in Lake Kariba were so low that current supplies will not be able to generate power that is sufficient for the country.
Thus, according to a statement released by Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) in early May this year, electricity generation at Kariba Power Company was reduced to an average of 358 MW from the planned 542 MW as a result of water allocation reduction.
Hwange power station which reportedly being under construction has a capacity of producing 930MW but is currently generating less than 400MW, however, upon its completion, the power station will generate 1200 MW.