4 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Govt Appoints New Boards for ZMDC, MMCZ

The Ministry of Mines and Mining Development yesterday announced boards for the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation and Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe. The appointments are with effect from December 28, 2012.

In a statement yesterday, Secretary for Mines and Mining Development Mr Prince Mupazviriho said lawyer Mr Godwills Masimirembwa was retained as ZMDC chairman.

Former Zimbabwean ambassador to China and political analyst Mr Christopher Mutsvangwa was appointed chairman for the MMCZ.

Mr Mupazviriho said the two entities were key to the strategic development of the mining industry.

"The strategic nature of these two entities cannot be overemphasised.

"However, given the challenges emanating from the illegal sanctions imposed on these entities and their subsidiaries may I implore the newly-appointed boards to be creative and innovative to ensure the country continues to enjoy full benefits from its mineral wealth," he said.

The recent success in the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, Mr Mupazviriho said, regarding the sale of diamonds and ongoing efforts to capacitate the small-scale miners places Zimbabwe in a position to focus on growth of other sectors.

He said this would see additional mining companies currently closed being resuscitated.

Other MMCZ board members include Mrs Juliet Machoba (deputy chairperson), Mr Johnson Masawi, Mr Tendai Munyoro, Mrs Nonhlanhla Ndlovu, Mr Felix Moyo, economist Mr Nicholas Dube, Mr Tongai Muzenda and economist Mr Morris Mpofu.

ZMDC board members are deputy chair Mrs Florence Gowora, Mr Togarmah Dhlakama, Mr Ashton Ndlovu, lawyer Mr Psychology Maziwisa, businessman Mr Supa Mandiwanzira, geologist Mrs Ntombizodwa Masuku, Mr Mutabu Sibanda and administrator Mrs Esther Maravanyika.

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