The Government of Zimbabwe has, with immediate, effect suspended processing applications for new mining titles seeking rights to extraction of strategic minerals, such as lithium. This decision was communicated through correspondence signed by Permanent Secretary for Mines and Mining Development Mr Pfungwa Kunaka.

HARARE DECEMBER 28: The Government of Zimbabwe has, with immediate, effect suspended processing applications for new mining titles seeking rights to extraction of strategic minerals. Diamond, copper, lithium, nickel, and rare earth are the five strategic minerals for which Zimbabwe stopped issuing mining permits.

This decision was communicated through correspondence signed by Permanent Secretary for Mines and Mining Development Mr Pfungwa Kunaka dated December 19, 2022 and addressed to provincial mining directors and the deputy cadastre registrar and mining affairs board secretary.

The mining sector is lucrative, with some of the world’s largest platinum reserves being mined by Anglo American plc, Zimplats, and Impala Platinum. Zimplats, the nation’s largest platinum company, has proceeded with US$500 million in expansions, and is also continuing a separate US$2 billion project, despite threats by Mugabe to nationalise the company. The Marange diamond fields, discovered in 2006, are considered the biggest diamond find in over a century.

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