Matabeleland South province is gold country with the mineral accounting for all active mining activity save for limestone at Collen Bawn, Gwanda. There are 6711 registered mining claims in the province and of these 5772 are registered for gold and 989 are registered as base metal claims. The province has consistently been the top gold producing province in the recent past five or so years. In How Mine and Blanket Mine, the province has two producers in the top five of the country’s biggest gold producers. Not far off is Vubachikwe Mine in Gwanda. Also in Gwanda are the province’s mid-tier producers, Farvic and Jessie mines. The table below shows the province’s gold production in the five years to 2016 with the figures for the small scale miners shown only starting in 2014 when the Matabeleland Regional office was split into the present Matabeleland South and North.

 

MINE

2012 (kg)

2013 (kg)

2014 (kg)

2015 (kg)

2016 TARGET (6893kg)

HALF YEAR TO JULY 2016

HOW

1303.6605

1997.1579

1672.4645

1483

1894.8

891.43

BLANKET

1406.8807

1401.3496

1335.8032

1215

1544.8

869.73

VUBACHIKWE

531.738

548.6797

397.2008

440

532.05

236.32

SMALL SCALE MINERS

 

 

 

1227

2921.35

416.26

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

6893

2413.74

 

 

The province has 113 gold processing plants in the categories indicated below

Custom Milling Plants – 48

Own / Miner Milling Plants – 55

Toll Elution Plants – 4

Own / Miner Elution Plants - 6

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