President Emmerson Mnangagwa has commissioned a $165 million Arcadia Lithium Mine plant in Goromonzi that is expected to start operating soon.

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Cde Mnangagwa said there are prospects of lithium beneficiation in the country and called for people in Goromonzi to be given priority in terms of employment opportunities.

“We look forward to the immediate commencement of this project with the setting up of an open cast mine that would be part of an integral project that includes mineral processing plants as you have indicated. As the project is implemented, employment creation and the upliftment of the people’s lives should be critical components of your business model,” the President said.

He challenged school children to study science subjects which he said are critical to the development of a green economy.

Arcadia Lithium Mine is a joint venture between Australian based Prospect Resources and the government of Zimbabwe.

The discovery of extensive lithium deposits in the country, already adding to the more than 60 existing minerals, is a huge boon for Zimbabwe’s mining future outlook.