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BRAVURA Holdings Ltd., owned by Nigerian billionaire Mr Benedict Peters, has US$1 billion available for the development of a platinum mine in Zimbabwe, its country manager said.   The 3 000-hectare (7,413-acre) concession where it plans to dig the...

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Aiteo owner looks to develop Zimbabwe platinum project with $1bn

Published by: O. Elijah
11/11/2020 03:10 PM

BRAVURA Holdings Ltd., owned by Nigerian billionaire Mr Benedict Peters, has US$1 billion available for the development of a platinum mine in Zimbabwe, its country manager said.

 

The 3 000-hectare (7,413-acre) concession where it plans to dig the mine is in Selous, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and close to existing platinum mines.

 

“From where we are now, we will go to resource definition, after that we will go to resource modeling, after mine development and then mine construction,” Lionel Mhlanga, Bravura’s manager in the southern African country, said in a recent interview at the mine.

 

“Those are all things that should happen in the next 18 months.”

 

Bravura is one of a number of little-known companies that have secured platinum concessions in Zimbabwe as the Government seeks to kick start its stagnant economy. Still, established platinum miners have not announced plans to expand their operations.

 

While Zimbabwe has the world’s third-largest platinum group metal reserves, investors have been deterred by frequent changes to mining laws and currency policies. In addition to Bravura, Russian and Cypriot companies have announced plans to invest in Zimbabwean platinum mines.

 

Peters owns Aiteo Eastern E & P Company Ltd., Nigeria’s biggest domestic oil producer, but has little experience in mining. Still, the group also intends to explore mining lithium, rare earth minerals and tin in Zimbabwe, Mhlanga said. It is also seeking to mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo, copper in Zambia, gold in Ghana and iron ore in Guinea, he said. Namibia and Botswana could also be options for the company, he said.

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