Minister of Mines, Winston Chitando THE Ministry of Mines says investors seeking to start mining operations worth at least $100 million can apply for special mining leases (SML). Under the SML, investors can individually negotiate incentives with government, including royalties and other statutory obligations, and are allowed to carry on investments without changes to their agreement with government for the duration of the lease. The release of SMLs is part of efforts by government to drive investment into a number of minerals, including at least 35, which are not being exploited by current investors. Government says out of 40 known minerals in Zimbabwe, five are being exploited, accounting for 96 percent of about $2,6 billion in…