Government continues to facilitate the revival of operations at mines which closed decades ago to boost mineral export earnings, with Venice Gold Mine in Kadoma being the latest to come out of the woods and production now at full throttle.

Venice Gold Mine in Kadoma, Mashonaland West Province is the latest to resume production after a lengthy period under care and maintenance.

Mines and Mining Development Minister Honourable Winston Chitando this Sunday toured the mine to check on progress in terms of production, noting that the mine is key to achieving government growth targets.

“We are on course to achieve a forty tonne gold target by the year 2023, hence our commitment to re-open mines like these,” he said.

Mashonaland West Minister of State Cde Marry Mliswa – Chikoka, who accompanied Honourable Chitando, expressed delight at the prospects of job creation.

“This is a boost to the our provincial economy as more people will be get jobs,” she said.

Venice Gold Mine Chief Executive Mr Johannes Hundermark spoke of the company’s five year plan.

“After five years we will be one of the biggest gold producers in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister Honourable Polite Kambamura promised to eradicate illegal miners to allow smooth operations.

“We will ensure that the community benefits from the company operations but our aim is to eradicate illegal mining activities who had taken advantage of the ceased operations,” he said.

Several mines are up for reopening including state owned mining companies as Government pursues a 12 billion dollar mining industry by the year 2030.