The country’s second-largest platinum group metals (PGM) producer Anglo American Platinum-owned Unki Mine in Shurungwi has recorded a 47 per cent production increase in 2022 compared to the previous year.
During the year, Unki Mine produced 232 000 ounces of PGM compared to 205 000 ounces the previous year.
The PGM producer however recorded a 17 per cent production decrease during the last quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.
Unki Mine also recorded a production increase of 41 per cent during the quarter that ended 30 September 2022 compared to the same quarter of 2021.
The Anglo-American Platinum-owned PGM producer recorded 59 900 tonnes during the quarter compared to 42 600 tonnes produced during the comparable quarter of 2021. However, there was a 10 per cent decrease compared to the previous quarter which ended on 30 June 2022 when the mine recorded 66 300 tonnes of production.
Compared to the first quarter of 2022, the PGM producer recorded an increase from 53 300 tonnes while during the fourth quarter of 2021, the mine produced 63 200 tonnes.
During the first three quarters of 2022, the PGM producer recorded a 27 per cent increase to 179 500 tonnes from 141 400 tonnes produced during the first three quarters of the previous year.
Zimbabwe is envisioning a US$12 billion mining industry by 2023. Of the US$12 billion, platinum will contribute US$3 billion.