The government says it wants to see Shabanie-Mashava Mines (SMM) revived to become a significant player in the production of other minerals besides asbestos.

When the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Cde Winston Chitando descended on SMM recently, his message was clear to the manager.

“The government wants to see Mashava Mine go into other minerals,” said Minister Chitando.

He also noted that with the huge chrome deposits in the area, there is a huge realistic chance to even set up a smelter.

Buy Zimbabwe CEO, Mr Munyaradzi Hwengwere said the move by the government is visionary, considering the fact that minerals are not a finite resource.

Mashava has huge deposits of chrome around the Gaths Mine area.

With the firming of chrome prices over the years, there is consensus that this could be an important diversification drive for the Zimbabwean economy.