One of the province’s rich gold mines, Ran Mines in Bindura which closed in 1999 is set to resume operations in June this year.
Jack Murehwa, the mine Corporate Affairs Manager said all necessary procedures including acquiring the environment impact assessment and the sampling of gold have already been done.
“We will start by employing 140 people in the first phase which will begin in June ending at the close of 2021. In the second phase we expect to reach 200 employees that we would have employed directly,” he said.
Murehwa said in the first phase, the mine is targeting at least 5kgs and in the second phase 15kgs with a funding of around US$6 million.
A processing plant and a crusher have already been installed at the mine. The diesel powered crusher is expected to process at least 4 000 tonnes per month after crushing 50 000 tonnes.
Mashonaland Central Minister of State and Devolution Senator Monica Mavhunga pledged government support to the company in all its endeavours to improve the face of the province and its populace’s livelihoods.
She said her office was going to look into the issue of squatters within the mine’s compound that are a cause for concern.
Ran Mines was established in 1910. It ceased operations in 1999 after the gold price plummeted to unbearable prices. Nhau/Indaba