'Take care with blood diamonds definition'

2012-06-05 11:42

Johannesburg - Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu called for caution if the definition of "conflict diamonds" is reviewed, according to a report on Tuesday.

Shabangu was speaking at the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) inter-sessional meeting in Washington on Monday, Zimbabwe's Herald Online reported.

Chairperson Gillian Milovanovic, from the US, proposed that the definition of conflict diamonds should include "any diamond-related violence".

Shabangu said that if the matter was not handled carefully, the KPCS could face divisions and it could have dire implications for the "millions of people who rely on diamond revenue".

Through "the spirit of ubuntu" countries like Zimbabwe could access the diamond sector, which she said was "a springboard for economic growth and development".

Milovanovic said the broader definition was needed to ensure the credibility of the KPCS.


  • Henk - 2012-06-05 11:49

    Supporting Robert again I see....

      John - 2012-06-05 12:21

      Racism is terrible.

  • Stille - 2012-06-05 11:53

    "definition of conflict diamonds should include "any diamond-related violence" - there goes South Africa's diamond exports.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-05 11:55

    Ah, the ANC once more confused between jobs-for-buddies and economics, so hard to be caught between real economic sustainability and making sure that the masses don't turn on you. Sorry, no sympathy here, you bunch of twp-faced crooks.

  • Garth - 2012-06-05 12:02

    Spirit of ubuntu = excuse for corruption!

  • Dhavandran - 2012-06-05 12:05

    lol ,whose livelihood?cANCer's?

  • Hermann - 2012-06-05 12:24

    Cover up for ZANU-PF and their big leader no doubt.

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-06-05 12:41

    There is more blood oil than blood diamonds !!!! To many Hippocrates around .

      Deon - 2012-06-05 13:25

      Too many Greek philosophers? I think you meant 'hypocrites'.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-05 21:55

    Shabangu you are, see through, no one at the Kpcs will fall for this.

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