Mimosa through its partnership with the University of Zimbabwe has donated training and research equipment worth USD $326 000 to the institution’s department of metallurgical engineering.
The equipment consist of one AXS S8 Tiger Machine and other accessories, single port Ringmill in a soundproof, a ton hand operated manual hydraulic, and a set of ten calibration standard and 10kg wax binde.
Speaking on behalf of Mimosa Managing Director Fungai Makoni during the handover ceremony held in the capital today, Mimosa Head of Corporate Affairs Ms Elizabeth Nerwande urged the university to make the fullest use of the equipment, under government’s vision for tertiary institution to become a hub for exploration and research in mining.
“The equipment will be used for training and research work and will enable the university to undertake exploration projects for the mining industry such as determination of quantity and quality of ore bodies.
“As Mimosa we stand ready to support developmental initiatives, that transform and sustain educational institutions.
“This is why under difficult covid-19 operating conditions, we have remembered and reactivated our partnership with the University of Zimbabwe.
“We are glad they have an eye on sustainability and we stand ready, within our means to cooperate and support them,” she said.
She added that over the years, Mimosa has also participated in infrastructural development projects through supporting various tertiary education establishments guided by the company’s philosophy to nurture partnerships and investing beyond mining.
“We realises the value of education and have made the educational sector one of our critical areas of intervention in the quest to improve academic excellence in the nation.
“As an organisation we firmly believe that education is the underpinning factor for any real economic growth and this has seen us participating in the construction, refurbishment and equipping of several primary and secondary schools countrywide.
“Only recently we unveiled a new logo Investing Beyond Mining to represent the growth and maturity of a vision which transcends our mining operations.
“In this respect support has been in the form of infrastructure development, provision of equipment, learning aids and comprehensive scholarship programmes. We believe that by making such investments, Mimosa is investing in Zimbabwe’s future,” she said.
In his acceptance speech, the University of Zimbabwe Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Mapfumo, said they were grateful for the donation.
We are extremely humbled to be the recipients of the donation of this SRF machine by Mimosa which is worth more than 300 000 USD.
This equipment will benefit various units of the University through facilitation of research of mineral and related science and engineering fields.
The equipment requires a lot of money and the university could not do it alone hence the necessity for the strong and strategic partnership with companies like Mimosa.
We are now redefining ourselves as a research and innovation-driven comprehensive institution of higher learning.