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Mimosa General Manager Dies

Mimosa have announced the untimely death of their General Manager Alex Dzimbanhete Mushonhiwa after a short illness

In a statement, Mimosa said Mr Mushonhiwa died on the 23rd of September at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo.

He was 55 years old.

“It is with great sadness that we advise of the untimely passing of our General Manager Mr. Alex Dzimbanhete Mushonhiwa on the 23rd of September 2020, after a short illness. Mr Mushonhiwa was a valued member of the Mimosa team, having initially joined in September 2001 as Mining Manager, serving in that post until 2004.

“He left the organisation and rejoined in April 2010 as the Mining Executive before his elevation to the post of Assistant General Manager in 2014. He rose to the position of General Manager in 2015, a position he held at the time of his passing on,” said the statement. Source: Great Dyke News 24. co.zw

“Murowa Diamonds- Mine Of Death As GM Promotes Unsafe Working Conditions”

Either you go down the pit, risking life from the hanging rock boulders or you go home for good! This is the General Manager’s instruction to the employees.

Anyone who dares to say “the working conditions are unsafe” is immediately fired. Its really sad that people are dying both company employees and the locals surrounding Murowa Diamonds in Zvishavane while top management seems not to care about this “genocide”.

On several occasions we have pointed it out that the operations at Murowa Diamonds pause a great danger to human life as their mining activities do not meet world standards governing the mining industry.

Recently, a dump truck operator lady was crushed to pieces by falling rocks while hauling ore from this mine of death. Employees are forced to work underneath hanging rock boulders.

The accident that claimed the dump truck lady operator must have been investigated by independent qualified mine inspectors. Its shocking that those who carried out the “ investigations ” pronounced that the working conditions are safe. Source: Zimeye

Mabhudhu reappointed ZCDC boss

Vastly experienced metallurgist, Mr Mark Mabhudhu, has been re-appointed Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) chief executive officer.

Mr Mabhudhu returns to the role he left in 2016 under unclear circumstances, hardly a few months into the top diamond sector job in the country.

In an internal memorandum dated September 21, a copy of which The Herald Finance and Business has obtained, ZCDC board chairman Mr Wellington Pasipamire, said the appointment is with immediate effect.

Mr Mabhudhu’s appointment means he is the first substantive CEO at the state-owned diamond miner since the departure of Dr Morris Mpofu in May last year amid corruption allegations. Source: The Herald

Australian mining cutting emissions through technology

The Morrison Government’s Energy Technology Roadmap offers a practical focus on mobilising an array of technologies which can sustainably support a net zero emissions future.

Australia’s resources sector is at the forefront of developing and deploying low emissions technologies which are central to Australian and global efforts to address climate change. Technology is also a key focus of the Minerals Council of Australia Climate Action Plan released earlier in 2020.

Critically, the industry will develop the minerals required for a low emissions future including aluminium, copper, nickel, zinc, iron, uranium, base metals, lithium, minerals sands, rare earths and others.

Australian resources companies are already developing and trialling a number of the technologies identified in the roadmap’s priority list. Source: Global Mining Review

Rhodium price rockets to all-time high

The rhodium price has been on a stomach-churning ride this year, rocketing from $6,050 an ounce at the start of 2020 to a high of $13,800 an ounce by March 10, only to plummet to $7,800 an ounce before the end of that month as covid-19 spread around the world.

This week it hit a new all time high of $14,490 an ounce before slipping to just below $14,000 on Wednesday.

Like its sister metals palladium and platinum, rhodium’s main application is to clean vehicle emissions, and surging demand amid tighter pollution regulation, particularly in Europe and China, and supply shortfalls from top producer South Africa could see the metal rally further.

South African PGM producers extract a mix of metals comprising roughly 60% platinum, 30% palladium and 10% rhodium and supply from the African nation would likely be a fifth below 2019’s total.

Insufficient supplies meant producers short of metal to honour contracts had been buying in the spot market, a rhodium trader told Reuters. Source: mining.com

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