Zimbabwe Finds Rare Mineral Deposits (REEs) – ED

Zimbabwe has been “sleeping” on troves of deposits of rare-earth elements (REE), President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed.

Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg on the sidelines of the 12th US-Africa Business Summit, which ended on Friday in Maputo, Mozambique, Mnangagwa said:

Recently, I have been happily surprised. I was talking to some of the American businesspeople who are at this conference (12th US-Africa Business Summit) who were saying, look, besides China, I think Zimbabwe is second in having what they call rare-earth minerals, and they say these are very valuable, but we have been sleeping on them; we didn’t know that they were useful.

Anyway, this is an early discovery as far as we are concerned at Government level and policy level, but I am informed that this is a very lucrative discovery and we should begin to look at how we can exploit (them) because; one, we don’t have the technology; two, we don’t have the skills; three, we don’t even know what we have, except what we were told by other people that we have, so it is quite pleasant that we have that . . .

REEs, according to reports, are used in a wide range of industries.

Some are used in many devices that people use every day such as computer memory, DVDs, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, catalytic converters, magnets, and fluorescent lighting, among others.

They are also used in defence industries, for instance, in well-advanced countries such as the United States of America where they are used to manufacture night-vision goggles, precision-guided weapons, communications equipment, GPS equipment, batteries, and other defence electronics.

More: The Sunday Mail

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is a politician and the First Secretary of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. On the 3rd of August 2018 ZEC Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba announced that Mnangagwa had won the popular vote by 50.8% ,hence he was duly elected to be the... Read More About Emmerson Mnangagwa

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  1. There are already around 12 + potential RE mines in N. America, 8 in AUS., 6 in rest of the World. Never mind the 6 + producing already in China coupled with Lynas, MP Materials, Indian Rare Earths etc. Who is going to put serious money into trying to establish yet more more potential RE fields? Maybe China will be prepared just to dig rare material for processing. Beware all the hype and unrealistic excitement that follows a sector surge (real or not).

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