Industrial Minerals

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Industrial Minerals

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.

Platinum Group Minerals

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Zimbabwe has the second largest known deposits of platinum in the world. Currently there are two mines operating namely, ZIMPLATS and MIMOSA. A third mine, UNKI Platinum is expected to commission before the end of 2010.

The development of Platinum Group Metal (PGMs) mines dates back to 1969 when Union Carbide successfully undertook trial mining at Wedza, culminating into refined metals being sold. Prices then were not high enough to allow for sustained viability to be achieved. A number of exploration programmes and resource evaluation projects were undertaken since then and nothing of substance materialised until 1994 when Mimosa Mine started producing on a small scale. This was followed by the much-publicised BHP\Delta Gold joint venture for the development of the Hartley Platinum mine.

Despite the demise of the Hartley Platinum mine in 1999, the thinking in the minerals industry is that the PGM resource on the Great Dyke can be exploited viably with handsome returns, and investment plans continue to appear on  corporate agendas.

Zimbabwe considers the PGM resource to be an important aspect of the country's mineral development in the new millennium. Current platinum production is at 188 000 ounces per year. There are currently, two producing mines with a third at an advance stage of mine development. Five other platinum projects are at different stages of resource identification. In addition to gold, the platinum industry has the greatest prospect for immediate development.

platnum.jpg Platinum Production Statistics

Reports

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Short Report #

TITLE

# of Pages

CD Filename

1

Tungsten Deposits of Essexvale

4

00000011

2

Umtali Mineral Belt

6

00000016

3

Platinum in Southern Rhodesia

6

00000038

4

Tungsten Ores in Southern Rhodesia

6

00000043

5

Somabula Platinum

1

00000025

6

Bembesi Basin 1st Report

4

00016215

7

Geological Formations of S. Rhodesia

2

00016220

8

Sinoia Caves

12

00000096

9

Bembesi Basin 2nd Report

11

00000061

10

Lomagundi Mica Deposits

11

00000074

11

Bembesi Basin 3rd Report

5

00033322

12

Geological Formations of S. Rhodesia

2

00016223

13

Sanyati Valley

11

00002014

14

Lonely Mine

11

00000132

15

Darwin Mineral Belt

19

00000144

16

South of Umseswe

27

00000172

17

Geology of Southern Rhodesia

10

00001123

18

Felixburg Goldfields

7

00000193

19

Platinum in Southern Rhodesia

14

00000500

20

Mafungabusi Gold Belt

14

00000202

21

Great Dyke Southern End, Northern End

Section Across

12

00000326

22

Barytes Deposits of Gado Sliding

7

00000218

23

Chromite Deposits of Umvukwes Range

13

00000227

24

Geology of Southern Rhodesia

12

00000516

25

Norah, Molly and Umboe Claims

11

00000241

26

Lower Inyantue Valley

12

00000267

27

Mining in the Felixburg Goldfields

17

00000340

28

Gold Mining in the Victoria District

29

00000282

29

Nat Native Reserve

9

00000313

30

Gwanda Gold Belt

44

00000361

31

Norton Gold Belt

11

00006200

32

Insiza - Fort Rixon Gold Belt

24

00000408

33

Manesi Gold Belt

9

00000433

34

Mashaba District

9

00001136

35

Ngondoma and Lower Umniati

29

00000444

36

Salisbury ( Harare)

10

00000488

37

Inyanga District

11

00000475

38

South of Umtali

10

00000531

39

North - West of Wankie ( Hwange)

19

00000544

40

Tuli, Mazunga, Gongwe

79

00000835

41

South of Chibi

40

00001034

42

Bangala Dam

46

00001076

43

Kariba

101

00000566

44

Mphoengs

58

00000774

45

Beitbridge West

100

00016230

46

Nuanetsi

112

00000920

47

Makuti East

93

00001148

48

Vungu - Gwelo (Gweru) Valleys

68

00001241

49

Matamve

 

 

50

Mutandahwe

 

 

51

Belingwe peak

 

 

52

Norton

38

00001313

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MRS No.

 

Title

Pages

CD Reference

 

EPO Application

34

26889

 

Provisional Tectonic map of Zim

22

26866

 

Appl. Of Geophysics to SSM

9

26855

 

Interpretation of Caborra Bassa Basin

11

26843

 

Hydrocarbon Potential of Zim

19

26823

 

Geo of W. Umkondo mine

9

26793

 

South of Dorowa

14

26779

 

Geophysical Survey. Bindura

15

26733

 

Image Processing North of Hre

11

26664

 

Zambezi Valley

19

26645

 

Geo. Rushinga, Mudzi, Mtoko

41

26594

 

Shamva Komatiites

27

26565

 

Geo. Centenary

25

26539

 

Filabusi

12

26526

 

Geo. as Explo. Tool

17

26505

 

Regional Geophysics Surv.

9

26492

 

Geol. Mutandahwe

10

26468

 

Geo of South Byo

10

26455

MRS 1

Limestone Deposits

12

24833

MRS 14

Manganese,

5

19488

MRS 12

Corundum,

7

19475

MRS 11

Mica

8

19462

MRS10

Magnesite

7

19454

MRS 7

Lithium

7

19446

MRS 13

Nickel

5

19440

MRS 9

Vermiculite

6

19420

MRS 8

Platinum

5

19414

MRS 6

Beryl

8

19401

MRS 5

Tungsten

9

19391

MRS 4

Tantalum & Niobium

6

19384

MRS 3

Tin

5

19378

MRS 2

Copper

12

19365

 

NW Zim Coals

51

18949

V

Wankie Coal Concession

41

18875

XVI

Save-Runde Coal Area

41

18827

XV

Bubye Coal

28

18798

XVII

N. Zim Coal

17

18769

 

Tuli Coal

30

18721

VIII

Entuba Coal

18

18702

IX

Western Areas Coal

17

18684

 

Wanroo Microlite

8

18661

 

Production of Tantalite

3

18657

 

Diamonds in Zim

10

18646

 

Coal in Mid Zambezi

7

18638

 

Geol of Vungu/Gwelo Rivers

14

18611

 

Geol Mt Darwin

6

18560

 

Geol around Byo

13

18535

 

Expl. Geochem in Midlands

19

18466

 

Tungsten in Zim

7

18413

 

Geo of Chewore

5

18407

 

Geo Mwenezi Valley

7

18174

 

Rolax mine Geol

5

18163

 

Tafuna Hill Geol

6

18156

 

Structural of Filabusi

10

18145

 

Munyati Shear Zone

20

18124

 

Chewore Inlier

6

18117

 

Dande west

6

18110

 

Broomstock & Indarama Geol

20

18083

 

Sub-Kalahari Geology

9

18000

 

REE in Zim

10

17906

 

Beatrice Geo Interpretation

12

17884

 

Integrated Explo in Midlands

13

17851

 

DandeWest

10

17840

 

Stream Sediments Makaha GB

7

17789

 

Rhodesdale Granite Geol

13

17758

 

Gravity Surv. Zambezi Valley

9

17726

 

Geo. North Guruve

5

17720

 

Geol. Of Chenanga

7

17712

 

Metallogenic Map of Zimb

3

17706

 

Antimony in Zim

13

17692

 

Coal Explo.Standards

13

17273

 

Gemstone Treatment

4

17268

 

Gemstone Valuation

7

17260

 

Landsat  Application in Zim

7

17252

 

Geol east of Makuti

12

17238

 

Centenary Geol

10

17227

 

Filabusi

11

17215

 

Early Worm Limestone

15

17178

 

Lead & Zinc in  Zim

11

17166

 

Lubimbi, Dahlia and Hankano Coalfields

12

17153

 

Uranium prospecting in Zim

5

17110

 

Tungsten in Zim

7

17102

 

Volcanic Sed. Basins

9

17068

 

Ultramafic & BIF associations

11

17056

 

Kimberlites in Zim

4

17011

 

Grandeur mine

9

17001

 

Dolerite Chemistry

5

16995

 

Karoo Geo at Tjolotjo

11

16975

 

Emeralds in Zimbabwe

8

16912

 

Insuza Borehole

18

16881

 

Mayfield Emerald

2

16822

MRS 22

Base & Industrial Minerals of Zimbabwe

157

16583

MRS 22

Gold Deposits of Zimbabwe

77

16505

MRS 21

Calcium Carbonate

196

15826

MRS 24

Phosphate

36

16024

 

 

Bulletins

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Bulletin #

Title

#  Of Pages

CD Filename

1

Gatooma, East of

32

00001354

2

Gold Deposits in S. Rhodesia

12

00001388

3

Selukwe Mineral Belt

102

00001407

4

Wankie Coalfields, N-W part

76

00001577

5

Gatooma

52

00001521

6

Sinoia, West of

46

00017330

7

Enterprise

78

00001874

8

Somabula

56

00001952

9

Sinoia, West of

88

00033675

10

West of Mt Darwin

60

00002117

11

Lonely Mine

105

00002183

12

Shabani

207

00002297

13

Reports by Mining Geologist

81

00002516

14

Gaika Gold Mine

44

00002601

15

Wankie Coalfields, Central Part

84

00002648

16

Umvukwe Range

114

00002749

17

Gatooma-Battlefields

154

00016337

18

Shamva

92

00003043

19

Alpes Mine, Salisbury

40

00003145

20

Que Que

124

00003188

21

Antelope Gold Belt Environment of

122

00003319

22

Mazoe Valley Gold Belt

132

00016065

23

Mineral Springs

77

00003589

24

Gwanda Gold Belt

75

00003671

25

Gold Output in S. Rhodesia

21

00003747

26

Larger Gold Mines of S. Rhodesia

107

00003772

27

Filabusi

192

00003955

28

Makaha

46

00003906

29

Chemical Analyses

104

00004157

30

Queens Mine

187

00004273

31

Hunter's Road

91

00004484

32

Umtali Gold Belt

183

00004578

33

Jumbo Mine

151

00004776

34

Umfuli Gold Belt

166

00033667

35

Bulawayo

297

00005124

36

Gwanda

225

00005430

37

Lower Gwelo

88

00005659

38

Geological History of S, Rhodesia

83

00012137

39

Gwelo

171

00015317

40

Sabi Coalfields

123

00014319

41

Concession- Msonneddi

58

00005750

42

Economic Minerals, Determination of

35

00005989

43

Belingwe -West Nicholson

237

00014550

44     p1

Hartley Gold Belt, Part I

133

00033668

44   p2

Hartley Gold Belt, part II

197

00017389

45

Odzi

52

00005811

46

Mangula

91

00033669

47

Great Dyke

268

00033554

48

Wankie

71

00033670

49

Sinoia - Banket

115

00005865

50

Geology of S. Rhodesia

77

00012960

51

Miami Mica Fields

246

00006426

52

Middle Sabi Valley

34

00033672

53

Buhwa

124

00013516

54

Mwenesi Range

72

00009400

55

Southern Urungwe

88

00009798

56

Umvuma- Felixburg

121

00014193

57

Kamativi - Lubimbi

46

00013645

58

Fort Victoria, Sheet 1 & 2- BikitaTinfields

158

00009893

59

Selukwe & Selikwe Chrome Areas

214

00009184

60

Melsetter & Chipinge

90

00012450

61

Fort Rixon, South of & Insiza and Shangani

157

00008255

62

Mashaba

250

00013699

63

Sipolilo

80

00010977

64

Gatooma

246

00011062

65

Magondi

320

00008415

66

Copper Queen

152

00033674

67

Que Que part I and Part II

129

00009664

68

Mt Towla

173

00006948

69

Minerals of Rhodesia

103

00012033

70

Paleontology of Rhodesia

126

00010050

71

Chemical Analysis

300

00007954

72

Exclusive Prospecting Orders Nos. 1 -250

258

00008925

73

Mount Darwin

155

00007496

74

Exclusive Prospecting Orders Nos. 251 - 400

188

00008736

75

Tengwe

181

00007126

76

Battlefields

265

00012690

77

Wedza

179

00009480

78

Shamva

255

00006687

79

Inyanga

179

00007312

80

Outline of Geological History of Rhodesia

139

00033289

81

Mafungabusi

326

00033788

82

Exclusive prospecting Orders Nos. 401 - 500

122

00015685

83

Belingwe - Shabani

224

00012221

84

East Charter

112

00010189

85

Dett

203

00010459

86

Gwelo -Redcliff

305

00010667

87

Beitbridge East

 

 

88

Lubimbi

92

00015577

89

Inyanga North - Makaha

171

00011403

90

Errosion Surfaces of Zimbabwe

168

00013264

91

Filabusi

 

 

92

Nyamapanda, Rushinga - Sutswe

230

00013960

93

Bulawayo

304

00033496

94

Harare

222

00013038

95

Dorowa - Shawa

 

 

96

Guruwe West

 

 

97

Bindura

 

 

98

Dande West

 

 

99

Chewore West

 

 

100

Inyati Mine

 

 

101

Structural Controls of Gold Mineralisation in the

Zimbabwe Craton

283

00033454

102

Exclusive Prospecting Orders 501 - 650

283

00033454

103

National Gravity Datasets of Zimbabwe

 

 

106

Exclusive Prospecting Orders Nos. 651 - 900

 

 

104

 

 

 

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