LIVE BLOG: Launch of African Chrome Fields Aluminothermic Plant

1307: President Mnangagwa has officially commissioned the African Chrome Fields Aluminothermic Plant as he concludes his speech.

1305: President says Zanu PF icharamba ichingotonga ichingotonga ichingotonga igotonga….avo vemaopposition mucharamba muchingotongwa mugotongwa muychingotongwa….Zanu PF ndiyo icharamba ichingotonga….,”

1302: He says the government will continue to work closely with the private sector in peace and harmony to rebuild Zimbabwe. “The notion of us and them is now behind us we will continue to work together and support each other for the development of the country…,”

1301: The President says each time he is doing a ground breaking or commissioning a project, it simply means creation of employment adding the country will continue to grow.

1300: He says Zimbabwe shall never be the same again, “Zimbabwe will continue to preach peace, preach unity and together we can…,”

1259: President Mnangagwa says the government is determined to continue supporting projects which will stimulate economic growth in  Zimbabwe.

1258: He says the plant has already employed over a thousand people and is also benefiting the nation.

1257: The President commends the Moti Group for staying put despite the economic challenges the country faced of late.

1254: He says government will continue to support such projects in line with global best practices.

1253: The President says the government will continue to improve the ease of doing business and produce win-win situations as well as improve infrastructure for the development of the nation.

1252: He says the plant will boost the foreign currency earnings of the country through the exportation of chrome.

1250: The President says Zimbabwe is home to about 12 percent of chrome in the world and therefore a major contributor. He says chrome is the critical in the making of stainless steel.

1249: He says the government will continue to enhance developmental projects.

1248: The issuance of the special grant to the Masvingo steel plant will now commence and will increase employment of steel makers in Kwekwe.

1243: President Mnangagwa is now giving his address.

1238: Minister Chitando says this will shape the future of Zimbabwe and enhance economic growth as he invites the President to give his keynote address.

1236: He says the launch of the African Chrome Fields will be the gateway for the creation of employment in the country. He says this will ensure Zimbabwe is on a path to recovery.

1234: Minister Chitando says chrome mining concessions over an area of 20kmin the Great Dyke region in the Midlands Province.

1233: He says the African Chrome Fields is focused primarily on the alluvial mining of chromite for the special alloy and stainless steel industries. The African Chrome Fields currently holds hundreds of alluvial chrome mining concessions in the Great Dyke region in the Midlands Province.


1231: Mines and Mining Development Minister, Mr Winston Chitando takes to the podium.

1230: Mr Moti has paid tribute to President Mnangagwa for the change he has brought about in the country so far.

1227: He says President Emmerson Mnangagwa is a humble man.

1226: CEO of African Chrome Fields and chairman of the Moti Group, Zunaid Moti now giving his remarks.

1223: He says the government’s open business policy is bearing fruit as the country has witnessed a rapid growth in foreign direct investment

1220: Minister Ncube says the government will uphold the constitution and consolidate the gains of the liberation.

1216: Director of ceremonies Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development Mr Munesu Munodawafa invites the Midlands Minister of State Owen Ncube to give his opening remarks.

1214: Official proceedings begin here with the singing of the national anthem.