An overview of
Blanket Mine in
Zimbabwe
 
Toronto, Canada — MININGREVIEW.COM — 22 December 2009 – Canadian-registered Caledonia Mining Corporation – an African focused mining company which owns the Blanket gold mine in Zimbabwe – has announced that the mine has received a renewed Gold Dealership License which enables it to continue exporting gold directly to the refiner of its choice.

Zimbabwean gold producers wishing to export gold directly require a Gold Dealership Licence issued by the Ministry of Finance, which entitles a gold producer like Blanket to export and market its gold bullion to a refiner of its choice at world prices. The proceeds from the sale of gold must be paid directly into the exporter’s foreign currency account at a Zimbabwean commercial bank, and the producer is allowed to retain 100% of the proceeds, less a royalty of 3.5%.

Blanket’s current Gold Dealership License expires on 31 December 2009 and the mine has now obtained a renewed Gold Dealership License for a further twelve months with effect from 1 January 2010.

Blanket and Caledonia had proposed to the Ministry of Finance that the duration of Gold Dealership Licences be extended beyond the existing 12-month term to facilitate the raising of debt with a term longer than 12 months. While the Ministry of Finance appears to recognise the necessity of this requirement, extensive administrative processes are apparently involved and the Ministry has stated that it is unable to issue a longer licence prior to the expiry of the existing Licence.

Caledonia and Blanket hope that future Gold Dealership Licenses will be issued for considerably longer periods than 12 months.