The Zimbabwe Institute of Foundrymen (ZIF) has appointed Dosman Mangisi as its new chief operations officer, according to a report in The Chronicle.
“I am excited to assume the reins in the most challenging sector, which deals mainly with the base metal industries. Value addition and beneficiation of metals is critical to the turnaround of any economy in the world,” said Mangisi.
“We are learning from China, USA, Germany, South Africa and other emerging economies on how they are hedging their strength from metal.”
Mangisi’s passion for developing the potential of small-scale miners and their contribution to the mainstream economy has over the years endeared him with the metal foundry industry in his country.
Coming from the background of small to medium-scale mining, where he has been spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) for seven years, Mangisi had previously served as the national executive committee member of the ZIF board responsible for marketing and communications.
Mangisi said Zimbabwe has huge potential if it fully develops the metal industry value chain, which was one of the anchors of pre-independence times. He said companies such as the now-defunct Zisco, ZimAlloys, Zimasco and Zimcast should be capacitated to drive massive growth in line with the Government’s vision for 2030 and attainment of the US$ 12 billion mining milestone by 2023.
“As part of our roadmap we want to make it easy for entities to do business in the metal casting sector. We want to see production of iron ore to sponge iron, harnessing scrap metal and promoting local manufacturing of metal products.”
Through ZMF Mangisi has played a key role in projects such as the establishment of the Bubi gold milling centre in Matabeleland North and Silobela gold centre in the midlands of Zimbabwe, as well as forging strategic partnerships with established mining firms and the government, among others.
Metal casting is a key sector in Zimbabwe – credited for supplying a significant percentage to mining, agriculture, construction and other sectors.
“The total production of ferrous and non-ferrous metals hovers on average around 10 000 tons per year. The sector also contributes to exports regionally,” said Mangisi who holds a Diploma in Mineral Resources Valuation from the Zimbabwe School of Mines and another Diploma in Mining and Mineral Resources Management with the Zimbabwe Institute of Management.
“Metal foundries also support non-manufacturing jobs up and down the supply chain, from mining to warehousing, as well as engineering, financial and legal services.”
The ZIF is headed by Itai Zaba as the president of the organisation, deputised by Gary Green and Vimbai Matarirano and ambassador Zenzo as board chair. Reason Purazeni is the executive secretary with Cephas Mubvuta as treasurer.