Build refinery or lose licence, Mugabe tells Zimplats

via Build refinery or lose licence, Mugabe tells Zimplats | The Source  December 13, 2013  

Mugabe on Friday warned the local unit of South Africa’s Implats Platinum to build a refinery within two years or face the possibility of losing its licence.

“We are giving them a warning … unless we have a refinery within two years  we will say we do not want with our minerals. We will stop them from exporting platinum to create jobs for others who refine it,” Mugabe told delegates attending his ZANU-PF party’s 14th annual conference in Chinhoyi, about 100km west of the capital, Harare.

South African miners, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum, the world’s second-largest platinum miner, have all agreed to sell 51 percent of shares in their local operations to black investors under the Zimbabwe government’s empowerment laws, but the government last month said it would be willing to let them retain majority shares if they build a refinery in the country.

Zimplats said in its July-September financial results that Zimbabwe’s new indigenisation minister, Francis Nhema, would review the indigenisation agreement, which it said was non-binding,  as well as discuss the government’s plans to repossess half of the company’s mining claims.

But Mugabe said the company was remitting very little to government in the form of royalties.

“Zimplats has been exporting platinum and we have got very little even by way of earnings back. We don’t know where the money is going,” said Mugabe.

“When we sell our materials, the earnings must come back and we will have to look now at what has been happening to get explanation as to where the earnings of our platinum has been going.”

Aquarius Platinum , together with Implats have agreed to sell a 51 percent stake in their Mimosa mine joint venture to locals in a $550 million deal to meet empowerment targets.

Zimbabwe has the second largest known platinum reserves after South Africa.

Mugabe also said his government would ‘shake up’ state-owned mining firm, the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation and will centralise diamond and gold marketing to plug the loopholes in the current system.

“At the moment it is free for all.  The system lends itself to smuggling in a big way .The same with our gold. No more selling of gold to anyone, except only to Fidelity, (a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe,” he said.

ZMDC operates seven joint-venture mines in the Marange diamond fields which produced eight million carats in 2012 and generated $685 million.

Mugabe said only “three or four of those ventures were doing something worth talking about.”

On Tuesday, mines minister Walter Chidhakwa fired the boards of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, Minerals Marketing Corporation and Marange Resources to facilitate assessment of their operations.



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    mucha 10 years ago

    Good idea. Create employment for our people.

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    bingo wajakata 10 years ago

    Thirty years down the line the idiot waffles on! Since government has 51% of the shares why are they not putting up 51% of the cost of building the refinery and the private companies come up with 49%. Mugabe’s way of doing business will never get us any place soon except to what we are now used to, suffering day in and day out.

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    Francois 10 years ago

    So for argument sake the mining company builds a refinery, what is going to power it? ZANU has not built any electricity generation capacity in the last 33 years. The old man is just hot air. Populist politicians need to remember you can rig an election but not the economy.

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    The master criminal whines where is the platinum money!!!!!! But the old terrorist obviously knows where the diamond money is!!!!!!

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    THREATS left, right and centre and you expect to get more investors?! You pull a rope – u don’t push it…

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    THREATS left, right and centre and you expect to get more investors?! You pull a rope – you don’t push it…

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    Mugabe deliver on your manifesto promises or we will give you the boot by the end of this year…