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Zimbabwe Mining Report Q3 2015

77 Pages BMI Research June 17, 2015 SKU: BMI5590748

BMI View: Zimbabwe's mining industry will achieve steady growth in absolute terms over our forecastperiod through to 2019 as production increases across the key platinum and diamond mining sub-sectors.

However, we note a number of potential downside risks on the horizon, including falling mineral prices andan uncertain political and regulatory climate. Zimbabwe is richly endowed with deposits of chrome, gold,nickel, diamonds and platinum, among other minerals. Its gold reserves are among the largest in Africa,while it has the world's second-largest platinum reserves. Diamond reserves are measured to be the secondlargestglobally after Russia. Development in these key markets together with a gradual more stablepolitical and economic climate has seen the country's status as a major global producers strengthen in recentyears. In terms of overall output, Zimbabwe is challenging the world's largest platinum producers, Russianand South Africa, while a recent reduction in taxes for smaller gold miners will see production rise at almosta double-digit rate this year.

The mining sector will nevertheless face increasing challenges to its current growth trend, however.Political and economic risk remains a particular concern from both a regulatory and investment point ofview and the election victory of ZANU-PF will continue to spell trouble for the future of the industry. Thepossibility of indigenisation without compensation across the mining landscape as well as greater politicalinterference in the sector, constitute significant threats to foreign mining companies. The March 2013decision by the country's ministry of mines to enforce diamond miners to consolidate is a case in point. Weexpect investor sentiment to remain relatively sour toward Zimbabwe, diverting investment to other Africancountries where the political and regulatory environments are more attractive.

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Zimbabwe Mining Report Q3 2015

BMI Research
June 17, 2015

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