Bikita Minerals currently employs over 400 people locally. We are a long-term and generation spanning employer. We are proud to now have people in the 3rd generation working in our team and contributing to our goals.
Additionally, we believe in the value of apprenticeships in training and educating the next generation. As such Bikita mine consistently has many apprenticeship attachments, for instance in the field of engineering.
Bikita Minerals, situated in the Bikita hills of Masvingo province in Zimbabwe, has been an active mining site for around 100 years.
For over 50 years, the mining and extraction of lithium minerals has been at the centre of Bikita Minerals’ activities.Today, Bikita Minerals is the World’s foremost supplier of the lithium mineral Petalite.
We proudly provide housing for around 300 persons. In this we go beyond caring for our own staff and colleagues, but try our best to extend housing and such assistance to local teachers, policemen, contractors and the likes, many of whom are important contributors and pillars to the community.
For over 50 years, the mining and extraction of lithium minerals has been at the centre of Bikita Minerals’ activities.
We proudly provide housing for around 300 persons,
not only to our staff and colleagues but to locals as well.
Lithium mineral – Petalite
Petalite, is an aluminium phyllosilicate mineral and a member of the feldspathoid group. The mineral finds usages mostly in technical applications within the glass, glass-ceramics ceramics, frits and glaze industries. Bikita Minerals produces the below main qualities of Petalite:
• Standard Grade Petalite / STD grade
• High Alkali Petalite / HAP grade
• Glass Grade Petalite / GGP grade
For further details on Petalite please go to our “Contacts” page and send us an email to the relevant email address. We look forward to hearing from you.
The mineral Tantalite is the main source of Tantalum (Ta), which is a high-value metal that is
generally mined from alluvial deposits in Central Africa. Bikita has an very rich hard-rock deposit of Tantalite (Ta-contents in excess of 450g/t) and has erected a pilot plant to recover it.
As a Zimbabwean operation Bikita Minerals also enjoys a conflict-free status. After the scheduled plant upgrades in late 2018 the mine will be poised to become one of the largest producers of conflict-free Ta2O5 in the world.
Bikita currently exports Tantalite to the People’s Republic of China.
Projects & Developments
Lithium mineral – Spodumene
Spodumene is a lithium aluminium inosilicate mineral. Spodumene is the primary source of lithia for
lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide, which is used in lithium batteries.
Tech-grade Spodumene is also used in technical applications in the glass, glass-ceramics, ceramics, frits and glaze industries.
Furthermore, lithium hydroxide is used in the manufacturing of special industrial lubricants.
Bikita Minerals is currently proving up a Spodumene resource with the goal of producing an NI43-101 compliant resource before the end of 2018.