A Tantalite and Tin mining and processing company lonosphere Investments (Pvt) Ltd has been established in Bluffhill, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Speaking to Mining Zimbabwe at the tour of the newly established plant, company Director, Mr Nyasha Chidoh said, lonosphere Investment (Pvt) Ltd processes and engages in the value addition of tantalite and tin.

Lonosphere has a plant that is forecasted to process, produce high-purity and high-quality niobium, tantalum and tin marketable products to its end user customer specifications. The company has mining operations in Buhera where the majority of its tantalite concentrate comes from.

The company also buys Tin and Tantalite from artisanal and small-scale miners. Chidoh said the company has started a nationwide campaign to capacitate tantalite mining growth and develoment which has seen Artisanal and Small-scale miners benefiting from the venture.

We are heavily supporting small scale miners, spreading the gospel that it’s not only in gold, chrome and other popular minerals that they can make a living from. We are providing machinery to miners whose ines have a better minable resource,” Chidoh said.

Chidoh said there was a need for metal prices to be updated to miners daily on public platforms.

Pricing needs to be updated daily as prices have slumped. Some Small-scale miners still use yester-year prices which results in an unnecessary impasse with the miners. This would help miners in their growth and knowledge of the minerals they would be mining,” Chidoh said

Lonosphere Investments currently employs over 15 permanent staff with the majority coming in as non-permanent, however, the company is confident thousands of people will benefit from its venture.

Chidoh said his company strongly supports the US$12 billion mining roadmap and says other minerals like tantalite and tin can have a significant contribution towards the achievement vision through supporting the mechanism of small scale miners.

According to Chidoh the government through the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA) has been supportive of the company with ZIDA providing to be of great significance when it comes to timelessly processing export and import certificates.

Tantalite is the most widespread tantalum mineral and makes for an important ore of the industry useful metal. Tantalum is used in alloys for strength an higher melting points, in glass to increase the index of refraction, and in surgical steel, as it is non-reactive and non-irritating to body tissues.

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