Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa

The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) has said that alluvial gold mining at Gache-Gache in Kariba is still in the pipeline and will be undertaken only after an exploration and evaluation exercise has been completed.

The State mining company, which was created to oversee the mining of diamonds and alluvial gold, has been mandated with sourcing funds to kick-start the project, which was suspended after Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa ordered a halt in mining last October until an environmental impact assessment approval was obtained.

Gold deposits along the Gache-Gache River were discovered by Townsend Enterprises, a private company that was sub-contracted by the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) in 2015 to supply sand to Chinese firm, Sino Hydro, for the construction of Kariba South Power Station.

ZCDC chief executive officer Dr Moris Mpofu told The Herald Business yesterday that while gold mining remains suspended at Gache-Gache, they are currently busy working on resource exploration, evaluation and sourcing funds.

“ZCDC was given the mandate to do alluvial or riverbed mining at our projects in Gache-Gache and Mazowe. These projects are currently on hold until an exploration and evaluation exercise has been completed.

“The mandate to mine alluvial gold was given to ZCDC to eliminate environmental degradation that was taking place, especially at Gache-Gache. We are currently working with EMA (the Environmental Management Agency) to address that.

“The projects are still on line and we are mobilising separate funding for gold mining so that we don’t compromise our core mandate which is diamond mining,” said Mpofu.

ZCDC wants to outsource the alluvial gold mining at Gache-Gache, and has already advertised tenders. A company that proves it can engage in cost effective alluvial gold mining will be selected.
-All Africa