Geological Note On The Coal Potential Of Mashonaland West Province By T. Dingane (Provincial Geologist)

Introduction

Coal occurrence in Zimbabwe is restricted to areas which are host to the Karoo sedimentary Supergroup. Mashonaland is host to such a sedimentary sequence which is restricted to the northern and western parts of the province. Coal occurrence has been reported in the Mana Pools area which forms part of the Mid-Zambezi Valley of the Hurungwe District and in the lower Charara valley of the Kariba district. The Mana Pools area deposits comprise the Mashambanzou (Carlaw’s) coal deposit and the Kamota (Strange’s) coal deposit, and the Kariba district is comprised of the Gwembe coal formation.

 

Economic Geology

  1. Hurungwe District

Mining in Hurungwe started earlier than the documented history of the area with documentation starting with the Europeans in the 1890s. The district is endowed with vast mineral deposits listed below:

  1. Copper occurs within the Tengwe valley. No mining has ever been conducted. There are no current mining activities taking place.

  2. Dolomite mined for industrial purposes as early as Rhodesian times to date.

  3. Galena- noted mineralization within the province but no documented historical production. No mining is taking place at present.

Upcomming Mining Projects

NO

PROJECT NAME

DESCRIPTION

CATEGORY

STATUS

1

Zimplats’ BMR Project

Refurbishment of the Base Metal Refinery at the Selous metallurgical Complex.

Long Term

ON GOING

Mid Year Mineral Production

MINERAL

JAN – JUNE 2016

Gold (including Zimplats) (Kg)

2 597.1605

Silver (Kg)

880.59

Platinum (Kg)

4 244.32

Big Mines In Mashonaland

No.

NAME OF MINE

MINERAL

LOCATION

STATUS

1

Alaska Copper Mine

Copper

Chinhoyi

Not operating

2

Ayrshire

Big Mines In Mashonaland

No.

NAME OF MINE

MINERAL

LOCATION

STATUS

1

Alaska Copper Mine

Copper

Chinhoyi

Not operating

2

Ayrshire

Overall Functions

  • Administer the Mines and Minerals Act (Chapter 21:05);

  • formulate, monitor and evaluate implementation of mining development policies;

  • design mechanisms geared at effective accounting for the country's mineral resources;

  • administer and review mining and explosives laws;

  • develop and maintain an up-to-date data bank on present/future mineral deposits;

  • attract investment to the mining industry,

  • promote beneficiation and value addition of mineral resources;

  • promote and develop small-scale mining;

  • Facilitate the indigenization of the mining sector;

  • Monitor exploration activities across the province.

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