Johannesburg — Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis met Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, on January 18, as the Cyprus-based platinum and chrome mining company looks for opportunities in the country with the world’s second-biggest reserves of the metals. Pouroulis was accompanied to the meeting in Mnangagwa’s office in Harare by executives, including Gregory Taurog, the company’s marketing and sales director, and Hans van Wyk, the operations director of subsidiary Tharisa Minerals. The visit took place two months after Mnangagwa took over the country’s leadership from President Robert Mugabe after the military briefly took control. Mnangagwa said in an interview with Bloomberg News on the same day that one of his priorities is to end the country’s economic isolation and he frequently repeated the mantra "Zimbabwe is open for business". "Zimbabwe is endowed with phenomenal resources and, following the appointment of the new president, we wanted to see what the environment was like an...

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