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Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe project nears completion

Article by Admire Huni

CONSTRUCTION of Prospect Lithium Mine in Goromonzi is progressing, with installation of major equipment currently under way ahead of commission early next year.  

All foundation and civil works at the Arcturus based mine have been completed and come January next year, it will be commissioning time.

“In terms of construction, the mine is sitting between 70 to 80 % of completion. All the foundation works have been done, all the civil works have been done. We are now busy with the installation of the main mechanical and electrical equipment and we are planning to finish that early January next year and start with commissioning from around the 10th to the 15th of January 2023,” said Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe Deputy General Manager, Mr Trevor Bernard.

Local communities are already benefitting from spin-offs in the form of infrastructural developments, owing to the lithium mine’s project. 

“We are very happy because we have received two by two classroom blocks, furniture that is adequate for the classroom blocks and textbooks as well as teachers cottages.This will help to improve the pass rate for our schools. Even parents are now able to pay school fees because they are getting employment at the mine,” noted a community member.

Mashonaland East Minister of State and Devolution, Senator Apolonia Munzverengwi toured the lithium mine project this Wednesday and is impressed by the progress.

She proceeded to Vuta Primary school and officially opened two classroom blocks constructed by the mining concern under its corporate social responsibility programmes.

“This is only possible when companies are given the chance to do business like what is happening under the Second Republic. This is Vision 2030 which President Emmerson Mnangagwa is saying no place will be left behind in terms of development, said Senator Munzverengwi.

Upon completion, the giant lithium mine will create at least 2 000 jobs and contribute significantly to the country’s US$12 billion mining industry target.

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