Mining giant joins Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 fight

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A PAN-AFRICAN mining group Wednesday became the latest high profile company to join the fight against the novel coronavirus donating equipment worth US$118, 000 to the Zimbabwean government.

The equipment which was received by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the two Vice-Presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi at the State House included two ambulances and four ventilators.

The tools donated by Bravura Consortium are expected to further the work of government in combating Covid-19 and its profound impact on the country, the company’s Country Director Lionel Mhlanga said at handover the ceremony.

One of two ambulances donated by the mining group

Mhlanga said the public health emergency caused by the prevalence of Covid-19 had resulted in an unprecedented disruption to life as we used to know it.

“We are committed to assist, in  our own small way, the Government and people of Zimbabwe to cope with the effects of this pandemic,” Mhlanga said.

“As an organisation that maintains strong personal ties with so many community members and organisations throughout the continent,  we care deeply  about the welfare of every individual who lives in our areas of operations,” he continued.    

Zimbabwe is, in many significant respects, a highly resilient and     formidable country. We  are proud to stand by you as the government works to meet the needs of the country.”

The Pan-African mining group focused on creating long term value addition through the development of mining assets on the African continent said it will continue to liaise with government to effect positive assistance.

Bravura, owned by Nigerian billionaire Benedict Peters, in 2019 rolled out the Zimbabwean/Bravura Platinum project in Selous  in Mashonaland West Province.

Mhlanga said substantial progress  has been made since then in setting up world class mining operations. 

Mnangagwa has urged individuals and the corporate sector alike to play a role in the fight against the deadly virus, first detected in China late last year, to ensure the nation emerges stronger.

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