Mine Entra boasts improved space uptake

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Mines minister Walter Chidakwa

PREPARATIONS for the regional Mining, Engineering and Transport (Mine Entra) exhibition are gathering momentum with over 60% of available space having been booked.

BY MTHANDAZO NYONI

The exhibition is set to run from July 22 to 24. It will be held under the theme “Unearthing Opportunities” — a rallying statement challenging inter-dependent sectors to uncover and take advantage of the potential, opportunities and growth prospects in the region’s mining industry and its related sectors.

“Preparations for this year’s show are progressing well and almost 60% of available space has been reserved compared with 39% at this time last year,” Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Company general manager Nomathemba Ndlovu, said.

“Foreign enquiries have been received from South Africa and China.”

Ndlovu said the three-day exhibition to be held at the ZITF Exhibition Centre next month would be marked by looking back on how far the Zimbabwean mining sector had come since 2010 and how well-equipped it was to take growth and success to the next level.

She said the exhibitor profile consisted of specialised companies supplying exploration, extraction and processing or beneficiation machinery and training requirements for the mining sector, as well as suppliers of equipment and machinery relating to the engineering and transport of mining resources.

Ndlovu said over the years, the Mine Entra exhibitor profile had expanded to include more sectors such as building and construction, which were introduced in the 2013 edition.

“It is our expectation that as more community share ownership scheme initiatives come into being under the economic empowerment regulations, we are going to see more infrastructural development occurring in mining communities and so the presence of infrastructure equipment and expertise suppliers at this year and in future shows will be more pronounced,” she said.

Ndlovu said the Mine Entra conference, which is traditionally held on the first day of the event, tackled issues to do with current policy initiatives.

“This year will be no different as we want to use the platform to deliberate on the Zimbabwean mining sector progress with regards topical issues of value addition and beneficiation, what the challenges and recommendations are.”

She said online business visitor registration was open and the Mine Entra 2015 mobile app was also ready for download.

Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidhakwa will officially open the event.