matabeleland

18.274792°S, 27.089613°E
Hwange District, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

photo by Wolfgang Hampel


The Kamativi tin mine opened in 1936; it shut down in 1994 and subsequently flooded, as seen here. It was also looted of its machinery. In 2015, the Zimbabwean government sold a 49% share and operational control of the mine for $102 million to the Chinese firm Beijing Pinchang, which has begun redeveloping it. Beijing Pinchang’s goal is to extract lithium and tantalum as well as tin.