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Metallon to dewater Redwing Mine

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ZIMBABWE’S largest gold mining group, Metallon Gold Zimbabwe (Ptv) Ltd, says it will begin the $10 million dewatering of Redwing Mine in Penhalonga in July in preparation for the resumption of operations.

CLAYTON MASEKESA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Operations at the mine were suspended in October 2012 due to flooding of the shafts.

In an interview with the NewsDay yesterday, the corporate affairs executive Zenzo Nsimbi said the company required $10 million to do the exercise.

“As a company, we are now focusing on dewatering the mine and we are looking at contracting as an option. We have previously been struggling to completely dewater the shafts,” Nsimbi said.

He added that the prolonged power cuts had also compounded the dewatering problem.

Nsimbi said Redwing Mine was a “wet mine” and the company had been incapacitated to completely dewater the shafts.

“We do not have the capacity to dewater the shafts. We are going to engage a contractor to provide extra capacity,” he said.

He said soon after the dewatering exercise the company would retain the 291 workers. It will then employ 700 more when it begins operations.

At the time of its closure, Redwing Mine has been operating at 25% capacity.

Nsimbi said the mine had a capacity to extract 20 tonnes of gold ore per month.

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