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Darwendale project – c. $400 million to be invested at first stage of construction of mining and processing complex and of a smelter
12 March, 2018

The Russian - Zimbabwean Darwendale platinum deposit project, being implemented by Great Dyke Investments (PVT) ltd, has nearly finished selection of a general contractor for construction of a mining and processing plant. This plant along with a smelter will process up to 10 million tons of ore to eventually produce up to 855,000 ounces (appr.27 tons) of PGMs and gold per year.

Russian – Zimbabwean JV Great Dyke Investments (Pvt) Ltd (GDI) moves to the next stage of Darwendale deposit development
1 February, 2016

Great Dyke Investments (Pvt) Ltd (GDI), which implements the joint Russian – Zimbabwean Darwendale deposit development project, moves to the stage of design of the mining infrastructure for the Project. Large-scale geological exploration activities were successfully completed at the end of 2015. In total, 130,000 running meters (870 drill holes) were drilled, which made this Project the largest in terms of geological exploration in Zimbabwe for the past decades.

Large-Scale Geological Exploration Activities at Darwendale Deposit Continue
6 May, 2015

In accordance with the long-term strategy of the Darwendale Project implementation, which was approved earlier by the Board of Directors of Great Dyke Investments (Private) Limited, large-scale geological exploration works at the deposit commenced in January 2015. As of beginning of May more than 40,000 running meters have been drilled out of the total 300,000 running meters planned for drilling in 2015–2016.

Large scale exploration work is underway at Darwendale
5 February, 2015

According to the long-term strategy of implementation of the Darwendale Project, which was approved earlier by the Board of Directors of Great Dyke Investments (Private) Limited, large-scale geological exploration activities commenced at the deposit on January 5, 2015.





Company complies&nbsp with all safety standards and regulations of the Republic of Zimbabwe. All types of operations will be carried out in accordance with leading international practices. 

Social Responsibility

Project provides important quality improvements in the economy and social life ofRepublic of Zimbabwe via:

  • Creating new jobs
  • Upgrade of professional skills and competencies of local population;
  • Creating industrial clusters within Project areas, that will favour economic development;
  • Inflow of new technologies and know-how from Russia;
  • Specialization of new jobs in high value added products;
  • Impulse for the developments in education sector and research field;
  • Multiplier effect for development of all sectors of the Zimbabwean economy.

Darwendale Project is about to set new standards of operating efficiency and environmental management among the Zimbabwean PGM mining industry which will stand on par with the leading global practices. Contemporary mining approach and innovative processing technology to be utilized on the Project will minimize land disturbance and waste production.

Project provides a solid impulse to the related industries and businesses and creates wide range of employment opportunities. Only 1st Stage of the Project will provide occupation to about three thousand local Zimbabweans.