Commoner, Zimbabwe

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Coordinates: 18°28′55″S29°25′19″E / 18.482°S 29.422°E / -18.482; 29.422


Commoner, Zimbabwe is a populated place and a place where highly deformed and folded quartz reef structure gold ore is extracted. It is about 50 km west-southwest of Kadoma by air and 68 km by road. [1] [2] 67 km north-west of Kwekwe by air and 96 km by road. It is in Zhombe _ Kwekwe District, _ Midlands Province _ Zimbabwe. Commoner is not to be confused with Commoner Gold Mine near Kadoma in Mashonaland West Province [3]


Commoner is in Mahogo Village, slightly over 1 000 metres north of Columbina Rural Service Center, in Mabura Ward of Zhombe Communal Land, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe.

Residential Area

Former Commoner Residential Compound has since been integrated into Mahogo Village but still known as Commoner Houses following the closure of Commoner Mine in the early 1990s. Commoner Houses as the place is called is about 600 meters from Columbina Rural Service Center making it the second closest location to the service center.


Claims were first filed in 1890, and by 1982, the mine was developed to a vertical depth of 250 m. Gold production until 1947 amounted to 4009 kg. The Commoner orebody lies within the Commoner Formation, within the Bulawayan Group, 2.9-2.7 Ga. The Commoner Formation consists of andesitic tuffs, carbonaceous siltstones, and amygdaloidal andesitic lavas. The Commoner orebody is a tabular hydrothermal quartz-carbonate vein, averaging 1 m in thickness. Chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and galena, are the common sulfide minerals associated with concentrations of gold. Later telluride mineralization includes native gold, Coloradoite and altaite. [4]

Though Commoner is known to be rich in gold, and that the defunct Commoner Mine specialized in extracting gold ore, 17 other minerals of smaller deposits are known to be available at the mine at Commoner. These are Altaite, Arsenopyrite, Chalcopyrite, Coloradoite, Galena, Hematite, Hessite, Kostovite, Melonite, Petzite, Pyrite, Rickardite, Sphalerite, Stützite, Sylvanite, Tellurium and Weissite. [5]

Commoner History

Commoner was named after Commoner Mine which was established during the Rhodesia era. The mine has been defunct for a decade but has since opened (2013) under a new name. Though mine has another name the name Commoner supersedes the later for it has become the name of a geographic place apart from the mine.

Mine Ownership

A couple of organizations have owned the mine at Commoner in the past, including Africa Gold, but currently May Jel Mining Company is operating at Commoner reclaiming the old mine dumps.

Community Service

It is a requirement that an operating organisation should make profits and expand its own viability but still, it should benefit the local community in one way or the other.


May Jel Mining Company era

Commoner Stadium

Commoner is the center of Mahogo Village, and the main center for two other villages. (Latitude -18.4420 Longitude 29.4458)

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  2. Commoner Mine _ latitude -18.4280400 and longitude 29.4502400 and an elevation is about 1038 meters above sea level. _ Archived 2014-12-14 at
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