Asbestos: Zimbabwe is home to long fibre asbestos, which has not been proven to be hazardous to human health. However, the blanket restriction placed on asbestos in certain markets in Europe and North America have thwarted the further development of production of this mineral in Zimbabwe. As more countries limit the use of asbestos products and the global market shrinks, competition for markets will be stiff. However, Zimbabwe has established a foothold in the Asian market and given the quality of the fibre produced, it is expected that there will be a sizeable market for Zimbabwean asbestos in the foreseeable future. Asbestos production for 2009 was about 5 000 tonnes compared to 250 000 tonnes produced in 1980. There are sufficient reserves to match the 1980 production for many years to come provided that capital is invested in this sector.