Karo Resources said yesterday that it will begin its activities in its platinum investment project of 4.2 billion dollars in Mhondoro-Ngezi in the coming weeks by doing geophysics and flying over the area as part of the exploration and quantification of resources program.
The mining giant yesterday announced to President Mnangagwa its financiers, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), who said they were ready to inject $ 2 billion in the platinum mining project that is created to create at least 90,000 jobs for residents. The representatives of the mining company said that the project was well underway and simply following its period of gestation that comes with projects of that magnitude.
The powerful delegation of the Karo resources mining group, led by president of the president, Loucas Pouroulis, made a courtesy call to President Mnangagwa at Munhumutapa offices in Harare in the company of AFC officials where they revealed details about the project.
AFC's president and CEO, Samaila Zubairu, told a news conference after the meeting that his organization was willing to support the project with an initial capital injection of $ 2 billion.
Mr Zubairu explained that what happens with these projects was that they could generate revenues from the initial capital investment to grow, but in the event that a new capital is required outside the project, AFC will still be mobilized.
"We are here to present the AFC to the president of Zimbabwe, to express our support for the Zimbabwe Government on the industrial plan and the infrastructure plan and commit to the fact that we are working with Karo Resources to execute this project," said Mr. Sober
"We are committed to supporting the project as a whole. The project is in stages: the first phase is $ 2 billion. The way projects work is that it starts from a specific point and is based as you go.
"Normally, sometimes when you start with maybe 400 million dollars you can get capital and withdraw it from business and continue. Start the project, develop some project revenue, reinvest it and get all partners to join you.
Zubairu said they would work with Karo Resources to start the project.
"As the project continues to develop, we will continue to reinvest in the project and mobilize additional capital to invest in the project," he said.
President Mnangagwa, who in March directed the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development to make Karo Resources keep its deadlines, said at the same press conference that the project was underway and rejected media reports to the contrary.
"When I read what he wrote (journalists), then I'm worried," he said. "Now, I am so clear that I do not have to go with what you write. I must go through what people really do on the ground. So now I know that the project is underway, the media is not under way."
Karo's resource field director, Dr. Josephat Zimba, said the desire of his company was to bring together a world-class project that will not have a negative impact on future generations and this implies the following regulations of the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) .
He said that the company will begin geophysics in the coming weeks that will see them flying through the area as part of the exploration and quantification of resources program.
"What we have seen today is to evaluate the President of the Republic of our country about the progress of the project," Dr Zimba said. "Our group has once again reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of this world class project here in Zimbabwe and we are seized with making the approvals of EMA and I should point out that EMA approvals are a regulatory requirement.
"In the coming weeks, we will begin to see, we will be doing geophysics, we will be flying over the area as part of the resource exploration program and quantification program."
In its first phase, the agreement is planned to see the production of 3.6 million tonnes of ore and 350 000 ounces of metal metal group by 2020, which will improve 14.4 million tons of ore and 1.4 million tonnes ounces of the platinum metal group in 2023.
A metallic base refinery and precious metal refinery will also be built as part of the deal that will see 15,000 people employed directly and more than 75,000 indirect. – State means