Gold value addition and beneficiation for women in the mining sector

M. M. Manyuchi, C. Mbohwa, E. Muzenda

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The mining sector is one of the major contributors to the growth of the economy in Zimbabwe. Gold mining is the biggest contributor to the economy and in 2017, an average of 28.4 tons of gold was obtained from both small scale and large scale miners with women miners contributing to this success. Gold presents an opportunity for value addition into products like jewellery, bars and coins, ornaments and electronic devices. The downstream processing of gold results in employment creation, technology transfer, infrastructure development and new product development. The Jewelleries Council of Zimbabwe in liaison with the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Fidelity Printers Refiners are pushing for the value addition of the yellow mineral for the economic growth of Zimbabwe. Gender sensitive policies being formulated by government are meant to encourage women to tap into gold value addition and beneficiation initiatives for improved empowerment, income for families and empowered societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1258-1264
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberJuly
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event3rd Eu International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management,IEOM 2019 - Pilsen, Czech Republic
Duration: 23 Jul 201926 Jul 2019


  • Economic growth
  • Employment creation
  • Gold
  • Value addition
  • Women empowerment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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