n Journal of Strategic Studies : A Journal of the Southern Bureau of Strategic Studies Trust - An investigation into the contribution of mining to the Zimbabwe economy

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This study set out to investigate the contribution of mining to the Zimbabwe economy. Its findings were quite instructive. Platinum has replaced tobacco as the top export revenue earner. Moreover, platinum has replaced gold as the top mineral export revenue earner. Platinum's share has increased to 47 per cent while gold has declined from 57 per cent to 25.5 percent of mineral exports.

The de-industrialisation of Zimbabwe over the past ten years has also taken its toll affecting the quantum of mining's contribution to the economy as value addition industries have been closed such as Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (ZISCO), Fidelity printers and refinery (which refined gold prior to export), Alaska copper refinery and Zimalloys to name only a few. Moreover the study also found that mining has had a positive social impact on the communities that it serves by improving the living standards of its workforce and communities in which they operate.


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