Eureka Gold Mine in Guruve, Mashonaland West Province is set to resume operations on 31 July 2021 and its state of preparedness is reportedly at 97 percent.
The Gold Mine, which is owned by Australian Delta Gold Pvt, had ceased operations 15 years ago due to a myriad of challenges among them lack of capital, is expected to produce 120kg of gold per month through the open cast mining method for the next ten years.
The re-opening of the mine is set to increase gold output level in Mashonaland Central Province, which is currently producing 400kg per month. The mine is expected to employ more than 600 on-site workers, including contractors and permanent staff.
According to a contact within the Gold Mine, operations will be carried out in a staggered basis, starting with mining and processing of 25 000mt of ore per month, with the main objective being to process 100 000mt of ore by December 2021.
“The open cast section has a quality grade rate of about one gram per metric tonne of ore. The grade may improve to about 1.75 grams per metric tonne as operations progress and further explorations will be done when underground mining begins.
“Eureka Gold Mine acquired 55 gold claims around Mapeta Hills in Guruve which is about 25km from the main processing plant and the ore from Mapeta to the plant will be transported by road,” revealed the source.
The re-opening of Eureka Gold Mine is set to go a long way in expediting the attainment of the US$12 billion mining sector by 2023 from US$2.7 billion in 2017.
The Gold Mine is one of the several previously dormant mining projects that have benefited from the Second Republic’s call for investment under President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ‘Zimbabwe is Open for Business’ mantra.