Wednesday 22 May 2019
News ID: 66037
Publish Date: 15 May 2019 - 21:27
OHANNESBURG (Bloomberg) – A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4-billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions.
The African Export-Import Bank has the mandate to raise money for the mine, a joint venture between Russian and Zimbabwean investors. While the bank provided $192-million of its own funds, meetings in the past year with investors including South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the continent’s biggest fund manager, failed to bring additional commitments, one of the people said, asking not to be identified because the talks are private.
Zimbabwe has the world’s third-largest reserves of platinum, palladium and related metals such as rhodium – which typically occur together – after South Africa and Russia.




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