SHURUGWI– President Emmerson Mnangagwa is today expected to officiate at the commissioning of a $62 million metal smelter plant at the JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum-owned Unki Mine in Shurugwi, Midlands province.
In a statement released Thursday Morning, the ‘custom-designed and cost-efficient’ metal smelter is sized to meet Unki Mine’s current production and retains the capability for latter upgrades to meet future increased mine production. The global mining concern also maintains that the smelter is a strategic investiment for the company which meets local beneficiation commitments.
“Anglo-American Platinum today opened the completed Unki Mine smelter at a ceremony held at Unki Mine in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe”, reads the statement.
“Unki Mine is a strategic investiment for Anglo American Platinum, who remains a long-term investor in Zimbabwe, and the smelter, whose construction was announced in 2015, is an extension of the company’s commitment to local beneficiation of minerals and is in line with Government’s plans for economic growth in the country”, the group said.
Unki Mine chairperson, James Maposa also remarked that the smelter is expected to significantly increase processing capacity at their Shurugwi plant.
“The Unki smelter is a strategic investiment for our company and will increase our processing capacity significantly. Unki has heeded the Government’s beneficiation call, a key pillar of Zimbabwe’s goal to create value, employment and accelerate industrial development from its mineral resources. Anglo-American Platinum acknowledges that we have a responsibility to contribute to the country’s economic and social development and to ensure that our contribution here addresses key national priorities”, said Maphosa.
According to Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando, the Mnangagwa-headed Harare adminstration is in support of the ‘ernomous investiment’ at Unki Mine.
“Government commends the efforts made by Unki and Anglo American Platinum on this ernomous investiment. Local beneficiation of PGMs has a positive socio-economic effect, therefore we need to pay sustained attention to this”, he said.