Zim acts on minerals theft

Harare – The Minerals and Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) will start construction of two weighbridges in June to curb under-declaration of mineral quantities.
The two weighbridges will be constructed under a build-operate-transfer arrangement.
Zimbabwe needs at least 17 new weighbridges.
The idea was mooted last year after it emerged that the country is losing millions of US dollars in potential revenue yearly due to under-declaration of minerals, especially granite in Mashonaland East Province and chrome ore in Masvingo Province.
Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister Gift Chimanikire said the two weighbridges would be completed before year-end.
“MMCZ will build the two weighbridges using its own resources and will hand over them to Mutoko Rural District Council and the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development that to be set up in Chikwalakwala after recovering construction costs,” Chimanikire said.
“The tender of the two weighbridges will be floated soon and assurances have been given that work will start in June. In Mutoko MMCZ has already been allocated land for the project.
 “We should have started the project last year, but we had no money so we decided to settle for the two bridges for the first phase because miners cannot keep on defrauding the government especially the granite stone where quantities in Beira are not matching with the quantities declared to Mutoko Rural District Council,” he said.
The construction of weighbridges, he said, was the mandate of the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development but it was the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development which was directly affected, hence it had stepped in to expedite construction.

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