Swaziland’s Foreign Minister Lufto Dlamini recommended Movement for Democratic Change Morgan Tsvangirai to start marketing himself quietly to the Southern African Development Community leaders to persuade them that he was not a “radical” in the pay of the Western community which was the prevailing perception.
Makomo Resources says production at its Hwange mine has recovered to a static 150,000 tonnes per month from June to August, following a slow start to the year.
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.
South Africa’s Impala Platinum (Implats) says it will be forced to shut down its Mimosa mine in Zimbabwe if government goes ahead with plans to implement a 15 percent levy on raw platinum exports.
The City of Harare today named and shamed some companies and organisations that are not paying rates, with the unpaid rates topping $700 million, compromising service delivery.
First Lady Grace Mugabe is reported to have been appointed to a key committee that will campaign for her husband and the ruling party in next year’s elections.