Glitter stones are minerals located in Zimbabwe which can add value in the construction industry adding beauty to the country’s buildings and creating employment for the citizens.
By Mirirai Ngoya
Glitter stone mining is popularly done in the Kariba area which if promoted can add value and create export opportunities leading to foreign currency income for the nation.
In the construction industry, these stones can be used for flooring, tilling and walling. Talking to Mining Zimbabwe, Chiedza Chipangura said “I am into glitter stone mining in Kariba. The stone is a strategic mineral for developing the country in as far as construction is concerned”
The mineral can benefit the nation in a way that “Zimbabwe can save over $50 million USD that is used for importing ceramic tiles” she added on.
This is the time that the nation, must maximise the value of its minerals by fully utilising them and making its communities benefit from the minerals located in their areas.
Chiedza added on saying “Using glitter stones is good since they aid durability to the walls and floors that (they do not easily crack), they are easy to maintain and the final finish is not slippery but natural and strong.”
If fully utilised there is a significant reduction of importation of wall and floor tilling equipment.
Value addition to our own minerals is a major advantage since importing building materials is just promoting and creating jobs for other countries economies.