Bravura Holdings Ltd., owned by Nigerian billionaire Benedict Peters, has $1 billion available for the development of a platinum mine in Zimbabwe, its country manager said.
Peters also owns Aiteo Eastern E & P Company Limited, one of the biggest domestic oil producers; however, he is venturing into mining.
According to Bloomberg, the 3,000 hectares (7,413-acre) concession where it plans to dig the mine is in Selous, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and close to existing platinum mines.
“From where we are now, we will go to resource definition, after that we will go to resource modelling, after mine development and then mine construction,” Lionel Mhlanga, Bravura’s manager in the southern African country, said in an interview at the mine on Nov. 6. He added that “Those are all things that should happen in the next 18 months.”
Bravura is one of a number of little-known companies that have secured platinum concessions in Zimbabwe as the government seeks to kick-start its stagnant economy. Still, established platinum miners haven’t announced plans to expand their operations. While Zimbabwe has the world’s third-largest platinum group metal reserves, investors have been deterred by frequent changes to mining laws and currency policies.
In addition to Bravura, Russian and Cypriot companies have announced plans to invest in Zimbabwean platinum mines.
Still, the group also intends to explore mining lithium, rare earth minerals, and tin in Zimbabwe, Mhlanga said.
It’s also seeking to mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo, copper in Zambia, gold in Ghana, and iron ore in Guinea, he said. According to him, Namibia and Botswana could also be options for the company.