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Christabel Shumba
ZVISHAVANE - Mimosa Mining Company recently held this year’s Long Service and Superior Performance Awards as part of the company’s continuous efforts to reward loyalty.
The colourful event marked the company's 15th awards ceremony which is held annually in recognition of employees who have served the company for varying periods of time.
Mimosa has been emphasising safety after its face preparation supervisor died in an accident which happened in June this year.
The organisation also experienced a major breakdown in the ballot mill which lasted a period of 28 days.
Simon Chauraya, who is 49 years of age, was honoured for his 15 years of committed service to the company, having joined Mimosa in 2004 as an operator of loading, hauling and dump trucks.
Chauraya is now a driver with an accident-free record.
Each month, Mimosa mine produces between 230 000 tonnes and 270 000 tonnes of platinum concentrate.
Company director Fungai Makoni said mining was a capital-intensive and the company was required US$40 million and US$45 million every year as stay-in business capital for equipment maintenance and replacement.
"Our plant maintenance costs range between US$15 million and US$20 million depending on what we want to maintain from year to year. And when we talk of expansion, we are looking at removing some of the inefficiencies that are within our processes,” said Makoni.
He said the company recently bought a US$10 million processing plant from South Africa and the machinery was expected to address production inefficiencies.
“We want to make sure that we optimise the current production platform and get as much as we can out of what we are doing hence the decision to buy this plant,” said Makoni.

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