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 THE DARWENDALE PLATINUM PROJECT COLLAPSES 

The US$3 billion Great Dyke Investments (GDI) platinum mega project has all but collapsed. 

Touted as a game changer and an indicator of progress in attracting investors, the project collapsed in 2021 due to a plethora of problems which include corruption, mismanagement, mistrust, and poor planning. Mining operations have since stopped as the Russian investor has stopped pumping money into the project. 

The government of Zimbabwe commissioned the Darwendale platinum project in September 2014. Located on the mineral-rich Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, it the belt is one of the biggest Platinum Group Metals (PGM) deposits in the world. The project was being developed by a company called Great Dyke Investments, a joint venture between Russia’s Vi Holding and Zimbabwe’s Landela Mining Venture. A bankable feasibility study which was undertaken in 2017 by African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) showed that the project had a potential to contribute to the turnaround of Zimbabwe’s economy. The peak production of the mine was expected to be 860,000 ounces of platinum group metals a year, translating to almost US$1 billion. Read more 

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CNRG BACKGROUND

As CNRG we defend the rights of communities affected by extractive industries.

We have seen how extractive industries expose rural communities to an avalanche of rights violations which include land and water grabbing, water and air pollution and direct violence by a combined force of state and corporate power.

Power responds to power. We believe the power of united, informed, organized and active communities will always prevail over injustices, state and corporate power. Using research, capacity building and advocacy as tools, we strengthen the power of communities to challenge destructive mining and extractive activities and hold governments and corporations accountable.

OUR
VISION

Justice and dignity for communities affected by extractive industries.

MISSION

To defend, protect and support communities affected by extractive industries through research, community empowerment and community driven advocacy.

CORE VALUES

1. Non-Discriminatory

2. Accountability and Transparency 

3. Inclusiveness

4. Professionalism

ABOUT CNRG

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We defend the rights of communities affected by extractive industries. We have seen how extractive industries expose rural communities to an avalanche of rights violations which include land and water grabbing, water and air pollution and direct violence by a combined force of state and corporate power. Power responds to power. We believe the power of united, informed, organized and active communities will always prevail over injustices, state and corporates power. Using research, capacity building and advocacy as tools, we strengthen the power of communities to challenge destructive mining and extractive activities and hold governments and corporations accountable.

PARTNER WITH US

CNRG relies on the support it gets from foundations and individuals who believe in economic justice. Our hard working team travels throughout the country in the most difficult and challenging circumstances to strengthen the capacities of communities to resist destructive mining.

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