THE government and gold mining company Globe & Phoenix are building the country's first mining museum in the Midlands town of Kwekwe, National Museums and Monuments project manager Josiah Mhute said this week.
Construction of the new National Mining Museum began in August this year with the first phase of the project, which is expected to cost $75 million, scheduled to be complete by mid-2003.
Mhute would not say when the second and final phase of the project would be completed.
He told the Financial Gazette: "The museum will have all the facilities to cover the whole activities from the time mining began in the pre-colonial era and offer an opportunity to showcase the mining livelihood to the public."
The first phase of the project will include construction of an administration block and a display gallery. About 20 people are expected to work at the half-complete museum.
Mhute said the government was shouldering the bulk of the construction bill with help from the Kwekwe-based Globe & Phoenix, which is a subsidiary of Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Falcon Gold Zimbabwe.
He however urged other mining industry players to chip in with assistance towards the project.
The mining museum will become the country's sixth, joining the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences, Mutare Museum, Great Zimbabwe Museum, Natural History Centenary Park and the Zimbabwe Military Academy Museum.