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Mpofu testimony reveals problems in diamond mining

By Tererai Karimakwenda SW Radio Africa 30 July, 2014 Zimbabwe’s former minister of mines Obert Mpofu has admitted under oath that he ran the country’s diamonds sector alone for a period of four months, after firing the entire board when he took office back in 2009. Mpofu also revealed shocking details...

Government bans rough diamond export

By Mthulisi Mathuthu SW Radio Africa 24 July 2014 Government this week banned the export of rough diamonds, in a move which mines minister Walter Chidhakwa claimed was meant to ensure Zimbabwe gets maximum value for its minerals. Chidhakwa told a conference in Bulawayo Wednesday that cabinet agreed that it...

Merging of diamond firms dismissed as meaningless

By Tererai Karimakwenda SW Radio Africa 23 July, 2014 The government has gone ahead with plans to merge diamond mining firms in Marange, claiming this would “streamline their operations and ensure accountability of proceeds”, according to the state run Herald newspaper. But the plan was dismissed by the...

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