The President of Zimbabwe visited the Sabi Star Lithium Mine Project
On December 14, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, Vice President of Zimbabwe, Minister of Mining and Mining Development, and Chairman of the Zimbabwe Mining Association visited Chengxin’s Sabi Star Lithium Mine Project.
Xinhua News Agency, ZBC TV, ZTN and other domestic and overseas medias reported the news.
Mugova Elfas, the local liaison supervisor of Sabi Star project, made a specific introduction to the president regarding the development and construction of the project, the upgrade of external roads, the construction of mineral separation infrastructure, and the construction of thermal power plants. He also made a detailed report on the company's participation in the construction of roads, houses, living wells and clinics, the renovation of primary and secondary schools, other community charity and public welfare work. The Sabi Star project is expected to be put into operation early next year, with an annual capacity of 200,000 tons of lithium concentrate. It will provide 500 to 600 jobs and ease the pressure on local employment after the project starts to operate.
As the visit ends, the president completed the groundbreaking ceremony with an excavator operating by himself and made statements to all participants.
President Mnangagwa stated that, "It is our most favorable project, and it is expected to become a high-capacity, high-value-added integrated project. Together with other projects, it will promote the modernization of Zimbabwe. I hope the Chinese professionals on this project could bring the relevant knowledge to our local people, to cultivate a group of skilled workers for Zimbabwe. It is consistent with the requirements of the "National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1)" that we follow for developing the mining industry."
President Mnangagwa also stated that the project has always been committed to creating wealth for more people in the region and the province, bringing the people of Zimbabwe to live a better life, "I am very pleased that before this project starts to operate, the Company has already made contributions to the people of Hela. The Sabi Star project will upgrade the educating facilities for the local primary and secondary schools. Because of the project, the past mining model of unsustainable development and failure to create local value is gone forever.”
The speech of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has greatly encouraged the local people, colleagues in Zimbabwe and Chinese member of Chengxin Lithium. Xu Hui, the general manager of Sabi Star project, presented a gift from China to the president, marking the successful conclusion of the visit.