The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo has commissioned the Chilean Gold Milling Plant in Mberengwa marking a shift from the traditional method of mining to the more efficient and technologically advanced way of extracting the precious mineral.

After a thorough assessment on the environmental impact of gold panning in Mberengwa and the traditionally accustomed method in extraction of the pick and shovel, Mr Moyo had to lure investors to assist in the sector.

Through the mantra Zimbabwe is open for business, the Chinese donated a gold milling plant at a mine owned by Rebecca Siziba.

Speaking during the commissioning of the milling plant which also saw artisanal miners receive equipment, Retired Lieutenant General Moyo said the sector is earmarked for more investments.

“We will have more investors coming but our stance is to say on condition they improve our infrastructure as well,” he said.

Mberengwa North legislator Tafanana Zhou who is also a member of the Mines Parliamentary Portfolio Committee said the community has indeed witnessed the fruits of the new dispensation previously enjoyed by other provinces.

“We have many mines which are lying idle and we have since moved for a mining act which compels claim owners to use it or lose unoperational mines,” Zhou said.

Mines like Sandawana are expected to be opened as the new dispensation moves to create employment for the locals.