PLATINUM miner, Mimosa Mining Company (MMC) has almost completed construction of a new US$75 million tailings storage facility (TSF), which comes with a water dam.
The project is now 90% complete, with commissioning set for April 2024.
After ore has been processed to remove mineral concentrates, the leftover waste known as tailings is normally held in a TSF.
Speaking recently during a media tour of the Zvishavane-based mine, MMC general manager Steve Ndiyamba said the project also came with a recreational park which already has some game.
“For the strategic period that stretches from 2022 to 2024, which was our planning horizon, we have embarked on key projects to enhance sustainability of our mining operations. One of the projects currently underway is the tailings storage facility,” he said.
“As part of Mimosa’s strategic initiative and commitment towards environmental sustainability, and responsible disposal of waste, construction of a new 165-hectare clay-lined tailings storage facility is underway to replace the existing facility which is nearing the end of its life.”
The new facility was designed to handle mine waste materials for the next 20 years and any future expansions the mine may embark on.
“This includes construction of a 1,1 million cubic meter water containment dam. The construction phase employed a total of 385 people with most of the general hands coming from the local community. The project is now at 90% completion and will be commissioned in April 2024,” Ndiyamba said.