Zimplats to create 800 new jobs

Source: Zimplats to create 800 new jobs | The Financial Gazette July 28, 2016

GIANT platinum miner, the Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Private) Limited (Zimplats), is developing a new mine in Ngezi called Portal 6 Mine, which will employ 800 full-time employees and 200 contractors, the Financial Gazette can report.

With a life of 30 years, Portal 6 is being developed in anticipation of the depletion of ore reserves at two of Zimplats’ four mines namely Rukodzi Mine and Ngwarati Mine in 2022 and 2025 respectively.
Alex Mhembere, Zimplats’ chief executive officer, said the full design work and bankable feasibility study for Portal 6 was at an advanced stage and would be submitted to the company’s board of directors for approval next month.
Only at that stage can management know the full scope and cost based on what the board would have approved.
“Once board approval of the final design and the full scope is known, we will be in a better position to make a definitive comment on how long it will take to develop the project,” said Mhembere in response to questions from the Financial Gazette.
The development of Portal 6 will allow the Impala Platinum subsidiary to maintain its pole position as the single largest exporter in Zimbabwe.
“We are really excited about this new mine. Work on the box cut has commenced and should be completed by calendar year-end,” said Mhembere.
An earth moving contractor is already on site and has started the mining of the box cut.
Zimplats will do the mining and also provide project management services.
“The cost for this preliminary work is US$7,5 million and was approved by the board in May 2016,” he added.
“The mine design builds on the successful modern, mechanised, safe, low cost mining methods that are in place at all of the other portals … The strike length on Portal 6 has been increased from three kilometres to six kilometres, making it more capital efficient than previous portals in that the area of interest has been expanded”.
The development comes as most mining houses have put their developmental plans on hold due to poor international prices.
By proceeding with this investment, notwithstanding the difficult operating environment, Mhembere said it was important for Zimplats to plan ahead for the eventual closure of Rukodzi and Ngwarati mines so that production does not slide below 6,2 million tonnes per annum and the Portal 6 project is vital in that respect.
“Zimplats is encouraged by the fact that it continues to deliver very good safety performance, for instance it has recently achieved the milestone of five million fatality free shifts, it also continues to deliver record volumes of tonnage and production of PGMs in a constrained pricing environment,” said Mhembere.
According to Zimplats, this portal  has access to 63 million tonnes of potential “reserves” at a grade of 3,1g/t and delivers 3,0 million ounces of platinum and 2,4 million ounces of palladium.
Once commissioned, the portal provides 2,2 million tonnes per annum into the state-of-the-art Ngezi/Selous processing facilities where the material is ultimately beneficiated to a smelted matte in the 12,5MW furnace, which has recently been equipped with modern hydraulic mud guns for safe tapping of slag and matte.
Once the Portal 6 project is commissioned, Zimplats would continue to deliver 6,2 million tonnes per annum and 260,000 ounces of platinum and 220,000 ounces of palladium for more than 30 years.
Zimplats continues to deliver record volumes of tonnage and PGM production (+/-500,000 ounces PGM) safely.
Recently, the miner achieved five million fatality free shifts, which is consistent with international standards.
The PGM producer has managed to operate at low unit cost in a constrained pricing environment, which has necessitated the successful implementation of cash preservation measures.
Zimplats operates four underground mines in Ngezi, namely Ngwarati, Rukodzi, Mupfuti and Bimha.
A major collapse at Bimha mine in 2014 stopped production at the mine, with the shortfall created being provided from increased underground production at Ngwarati and Rukodzi mines and open pit operations being re-instated south of Ngwarati mine.
Recognising the need to protect jobs, the company kept all the mining fleets from Bimha Mine and redeployed them to the other mines within the Zimplats stable.
Meanwhile, the redevelopment of Bimha Mine, which collapsed last year, is progressing well and is now ramping up back to full production.
Full production at Bimha Mine is expected to be achieved in April 2018.
Installation of materials handling infrastructure is in progress including conveyor belts and ore tipping stations.
With regards to the establishment of the platinum refinery, it is still work in progress.
In 2015, Zimplats embarked on the refurbishment of the base metal refinery at Selous.
So far, the miner has invested US$23 million into the project.
“It is difficult to predict the future, however, the current investments that we are undertaking are reflective of our belief in a sound future for the platinum industry,” said Mhembere.

 

 

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 38
  • comment-avatar

    its a very good move.iam edwin mudani 0777722854 looking for a job as a class 2 driver

  • comment-avatar

    Am a man of 29 years of age current working in South African mines as a training office so am looking for mining job in Zimbabwe. So send me any job

  • comment-avatar
    Shepherd Chiguware 5 years ago

    looking for a job in the mining industry. have clerical experience and computer certificates and football coaching certificate

  • comment-avatar
    johanes mutikibvu. 5 years ago

    class one electrician with mine experience

  • comment-avatar
    Gregory Ngwarayi 5 years ago

    Class 2 driver interested in joining the organisation.

  • comment-avatar
    Phanuel Phiri 5 years ago

    I am 38yrs and interested in mining,i have a mine blasting licence

  • comment-avatar
    Nyarai Musongwe 5 years ago

    Good move

  • comment-avatar
    trevor chikwamba 5 years ago

    I am a man aged 34 years and i am interested to work at ur mine

  • comment-avatar
    Panashe Ilabu 5 years ago

    My name is Panashe Ilabu, im looking for a job general work. 0784587770

  • comment-avatar

    lam a man interested to work in mines. l have a certificate of boil making.

  • comment-avatar
    TAONA MUPORI 5 years ago

    we really need jobs,we appreciate the creation of jobs in our community and in our country at large. thank you zimplats.i am a Class 1 Driver looking for a job at the Mine,hope to hear from your earliest respond should there be vacancies.

  • comment-avatar
    luckmore mataruse 5 years ago

    am a man aged twenty six,am looking for a job as a general worker following your advert posted this January 2017.

  • comment-avatar
    knowledge natsakulaya 5 years ago

    i am a man age of 27years old.i did computer of application 0784430986.

  • comment-avatar
    mudziviri elton 5 years ago

    I’m really willing to join your mining company I’m a telecommunication technician with a 3 years of experience looking forwad to your reply 0784008923

  • comment-avatar
    innocent mutanda 5 years ago

    I’m a Tlb And forklift operator I’m interesting to work at ur mine

  • comment-avatar
    Takawira Mutyasera 5 years ago

    hie i am Takawira Mutyasera, i am looking for a job as a welder with boilermaking experience. currently working for GHH mining machines in South Africa

  • comment-avatar
    takawira mutyasera 5 years ago

    thank you i am looking for a job as a weldet with boilermaking experience

  • comment-avatar

    thants so much we need jobs, im a man wish to be one of your team at the mine as a excavator operator

  • comment-avatar

    im a man wish to be one of your team at the mine as a excavator operator

  • comment-avatar
    Muusha Malvern 5 years ago

    I am willing to join your team as an Diesel Plant Fitter within your organisation

  • comment-avatar

    me I have a certificate of competence for a TLB machine Backhoe loader baker

    actualy I’m in chipinge

    home phone number 00263778201054

  • comment-avatar
    Elisha Mutowo 5 years ago

    I have six ordnary level subjects, I am very interested to work as a general work, I am happy to be called as one of the workers at portal 6 .

    Your respond is highly appreciated
    0783740705

  • comment-avatar
    Winston Kowo 5 years ago

    I am a Diesel Plant Fitter . l am interested in joining your organization.

  • comment-avatar
    Pandukai Charles Charumbira 5 years ago

    lam a holder of certificate in instructor over multi-skilled machine operator for this, Excavator, Dump truck 730D_777D,Digger loader, Grader, Tell Handler, Front end loader, Container Handler, Bob Cat, Mobile Crane,(200tonnes), Bull dozer, Crasher screening demolition, Drill Rigg, Offshore tower crane, Folk lift, Reach truck. lm looking for a Job at your company in Zimplat mine. lm a male aged 32 and l have 11 years experience in this field, l have referrences. contact :Pandukai Charles Charumbira on +27844734778 /+27735614695.

  • comment-avatar

    I am a holder of certificate in TLB ,FORK-LIFTING AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. I am looking for a job at your company in Zimplate Mine. I am a single man aged 30 and have strong experience in this field

  • comment-avatar

    Im a backhoe loader operator 3 years expirience with operator card and certificate.l can able to drive a tractor also looking for job

  • comment-avatar
    Godknows 5 years ago

    23 years old man looking for a job contacts 0775987949

  • comment-avatar
    Forward Dube 5 years ago

    I am 37 years old currently working as Operations manager in Broll Property Management in South Africa holding Facilities Management Certificate and I would like to join the mining industry

  • comment-avatar
    Trevor 5 years ago

    30 year old men looking for a job as mobile crane operator up to 200 tonnes for more info 0779762074

  • comment-avatar
    Masunda 4 years ago

    l am a multi skilled operator of front end loader and excavator and i hve class (2) drivers licence looking for job…
    Your response is highly appreciated…0782840093..0779079828

  • comment-avatar

    am Joseph chaweka, 22 years old. I am looking for a job at your company as a general hand and also hold computer certificates…0784901658

  • comment-avatar
    reward 4 years ago

    im reward Tapera looking for Hyundai excavator operator my contacts are 0713308293.0774062112

    yours

    reward tapera

  • comment-avatar
    Masunda 4 years ago

    Im Masunda Emerson Multi skilled operator looking for a job at your company ….0782840093

  • comment-avatar
    Sipendu 4 years ago

    Wrong forum chaps, apply directly to the company.

  • comment-avatar
    never 4 years ago

    its a fantastic move looking forward to work in such an organisation one day

  • comment-avatar
    Jabulani Kadodo 3 years ago

    It is interesting,i m a Man aged Thirty-Seven,i trained as a Load Haul and Dump (LHD)i would like to experience life in mining through my contribution as a worker,thank you.

  • comment-avatar
    farai terrence chamboko 1 year ago

    that`s a very big achievements in your company
    want to be one of your worker my contact is 0775254660

  • comment-avatar
    Naison Chiriata 5 months ago

    I am 30 years old. I am a holder of class 2 drivers licence with a defensive and medical.
    +263 779 448 942