By Daniel Itai, Zvishavane, Zimbabwe
The southern African country’s mining sector is seemingly amongst the very few sectors that are going to yield profits at the end of the year despite the ravaging effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
According to mining expert, Hyde Chatyoka, Zimbabwe’s mining sector will have a positive outlook.
“Zimbabwe is going to have a positive outlook. This is premised on the growth of artisanal mining which has been growing since the contraction of the agricultural industry. Most former farm employees have found refugee in mining and so have been most school leavers who continue to push mining to advance and quickly turn green fields into production sites in record time.
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Moreso, mining is done at the extraction site where the resource occurs and by employees who have no need to travel or mingle with strangers, because of that, it has been minimally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The use of rudimentary methods has also helped in ensuring that production levels are not intensely affected by the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the mining expert.