26 September 2017
   
Kidnapped love rat ‘lucky to be alive’
Court: Man up for leaking bond coins
Govt official: Zim pensioners destitute
Biti runs a mile from Mujuru, Zapu
Road carnage: Kombis blame ZRP fraudsters
Kenya police tear gas protestors
Ugandan lawmakers in presidency brawl
Angola succession: New leader in after 38yrs
MORE NEWS
Meikles Ltd seeks new investment
Afreximbank arranges $1.8b Zim loan
MORE BUSINESS
Relief effort: Lopez donates one mln
Two SA plays at Theatre in The Park
MORE SHOWBIZ
Mourinho says unfazed by key injuries
Wenger fumes over gruelling schedule
MORE SPORTS
Zim needs mass public demonstration
Currency crisis and the art of deception
MORE OPINION
 
Stinking diplomacy, international law
Angel’s underwear prophecy a new low
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 

Zimplats agrees to cede claims to govt

13/09/2017 00:00:00
by The Source
 
 
RELATED STORIES

ZIMPLATS says it has agreed to give up 28,000 hectares of land, more  than half of its idle mining claims to government, ending a five-year row but analysts say the latest land grab could spook foreign investors.  

President Robert Mugabe last year approached the courts seeking to compel the Implats subsidiary to cede its unused mining claims to government for redistribution to new  players in the sector despite failing to utilise previously acquired land.  

It is not clear if the Administrative Court, which was hearing the case, passed judgment.

In 2006, Zimplats, the country’s biggest mining business gave up ground covering 51 million ounces (36 percent of its total resource) out of a total 141 million ounce resource.

Chief executive Alex Mhembere told The Source on Wednesday that Zimplats “was on the same page with government.”

“In terms of the lease we have agreed that we will give government the land.  What is outstanding is just the administrative processes on how that transaction will be consummated,” he said.

“We are not pressing  on any onerous conditions we are working with government but for there to be any transfer of that asset, we will have to go through the normal processes of going through the mining affairs board.”

Asked if Zimplats would be expecting any compensation Mhembere said: “We are not looking at it at this stage, we will look at it at a later point in time.”

Under its ‘use it or lose it’ policy, government has recently moved to expropriate a combined 42,000 hectares from the country’s two largest ferrochrome producers – Zimbabwe Mining and Smelting Company and Zimbabwe Alloys, saying it needs to open the sector up to new players.

However, the Zimplats land grab raises questions about the government’s commitments to investment agreements.



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker