Zimbabwe's Zimasco is to receive compensation from its former Chinese mining contractor, ChinaZim, for the unauthorised exploitation of its ferrochrome deposits. But the sum the court awarded - $780,000 - is lower than the value Zimasco put on the stolen ore.
Although relations between China and Zimbabwe have reached new heights since China handed over the new Zimbabwean parliament building it has built and paid for in early July, a new law banning the exportation of black granite, which is in great demand on the Chinese market, has created some friction between the two countries.
Thanks to funding from Kuvimba Mining House, the state-controlled firm with links with controversial business magnate Kudakwashe Tagwirei, Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa hopes to speed up the reopening of former industrial flagship Ziscosteel in time for the 2023 elections.
Billy Rautenbach, a historic supporter of Zanu-Pf since the Mugabe era and long considered the richest man in Zimbabwe, is increasing his hold on coal in the west of the country. This is a major coup at a time when national demand is set to rise sharply following the planned increase in capacity at Hwange power station.
South African mining firm Amari Resources has renewed its fight against the Zimbabwean government, from which it hopes to recover more than $70m in compensation following the withdrawal of its licences. But Harare seems determined not to pay.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is usually accommodating towards Chinese mining investors in Zimbabwe, has been forced to revoke a permit granted to Heijin Mining to avoid a ZANU-PF revolt in Mashonaland East province, where local communities are increasingly opposed to Chinese miners.
Since his appointment in February, Zimbabwe's foreign minister has been concentrating on cultivating closer relations with Turkey and India to complement the country's longstanding alliances with China and Russia and lessen the impact of Western sanctions.
The Zimbabwean politician has emerged from the fisticuffs and death threats of the Pan-African Parliament's latest session as a breath of fresh air for her country's ruling party's image. And by joining forces with South African firebrand Julius Malema, she has suddenly gained popularity across the entire continent.
The magnate Kuda Tagwirei, who is an advisor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been granted a substantial tax exemption on one of his mining companies. He is already suspected of being the éminence grise behind Harare's new parastatal, Kuvimba Mining House.
Kuvimba Mining House is the name of the new state-controlled entity created to coordinate and revamp the country's largest mines. Embodying Harare's hopes for its mining sector, all the paths heading out of the company's high-potential portfolio seem nonetheless to lead to Kuda Tagwirei, one of Mnangagwa's closest allies but a man under US sanctions.