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    Gov preps to reopen SMM at advanced stage - Moyo


    ZVISHAVANE – Government is about to complete a technical report that will be used for the reopening of Shabani Mashaba Mines (SMM) after an Indian company that is ready to  buy 50 000 tonnes of the SMM's produce was found.
    Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Fred Moyo confirmed the development in an interview with The Mirror and added that the report that is being put together by management details financial and technical requirements for revival of mines.
    He said SMM has completed a report for Mashava's Gaths Mine while Shabani's report is almost complete. The push to revamp the mines was triggered by Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa who told Senate in May that Government had found an asbestos buyer in India who would buy about 50 000 tonnes per year which is almost half of the mines' annual production when in full swing.
    SMM which owns Shabanie Mine in Zvishavane and Gaths Mine in Mashava was shut down in 2004 following Government's problems with businesssman Mutumwa Mawere who ran the company at that time.
     "Management has submitted their report on what is needed to revive Gaths Mine and it is the same report that we are going to use when scouting for potential investors. We are waiting for the Shabani Mine report that is almost complete," said Moyo.  
    SMM employees eagerly await the reopening of the mines as they have been pauperized by the closures.
    "We are skeptical about this development. We think it's a ploy to win votes in 2018. A similar story was floated again by Government just before the 2013 General Elections," said an SMM employee who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimisation.
    Some 3 000 workers in Zvishavane and about 1 500 in Mashava lost their jobs due to the closures.
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