Zvishavane Ngezi legislator, Cde John Holder says hopes for the revival of Shabanie mine are now anchored upon the new Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Winston Chitando whose rich understanding of the sector must help spur the revival path of the docile institution.

Having been the lifeline and the reason why the town of Zvishavane came into existence, Shabanie Mine used to employ thousands.

Many businesses and families benefited directly and indirectly through the asbestos mining entity.

“Cde Chi9tando understands the industry so there is hope that Shabanie Mine’s woes will finally be addressed,” Cde Holder said.

Over the years, the mine has ceased paying its employees and only retained staff to pump out underground water which was causing flooding.

While thousands were robbed of livelihoods, the country lost millions through export revenue and there is growing consensus that resuscitating the mine will be a huge developmental benefit.