Fin24

Zim diamond firms now 'global models'

2012-11-02 09:37

Harare - The Kimberley Process monitor for Zimbabwe, Abbey Chikane, said Zimbabwe's diamond mining companies have upgraded their standards and can be regarded as models for many diamond-producing countries.
 
The South African-based KP monitor, who was speaking ahead of the much talked about inaugural Zimbabwe Diamond Conference 2012 scheduled for the resort town of Victoria Falls in two weeks’ time, said Zimbabwean diamond mines had reached international standards.
 
“As the country's Kimberley Process monitor, I have been witnessing tremendous changes and improvement in the mining landscape in the country,” Chikane said in a statement seen by Fin24.
 
“Today, all diamond mines in Zimbabwe have reached international standards and stand as a model for many diamond-producing countries."

Zimbabwe has more than five diamond mining companies, two of which are under United States-imposed sanctions.
 
Chikane is due to present a keynote address at the Zimbabwe Diamond Conference which will run from November 12 to 13.
 
Top leaders from diamond centres across the world, including India, Antwerp, Dubai, South Africa, Ramat Gan and New York as well as the Kimberley Process chair, Gillian Milovanovic, will be delivering speeches at the conference where 300 delegates are expected to attend.
 
In addition to mining ministers from South Africa, Angola, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the conference will also showcase the top leaders from Zimbabwe's own diamond mining industry.
 
Minister of Mines and Mining Development Obert Mpofu said the conference presented Zimbabwe with a chance to tell its story to the world.
 
“The moment has come to explore and unlock Zimbabwe's diamond potential together," he said.

Diamond mining has been shrouded in mystery and secrecy due to government's involvement in the mining of the gems.
 
Lack of transparency and accountability from diamond revenues has also cast a dark shadow on the industry.

 - Fin24

 

Comments
  • nesbert.makotsi - 2012-11-02 09:52

    At least something positive from this country

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-11-02 11:52

      No boss, nothing in Zim that involves minerals can ever be positive and clear of Mugabe's forced intervention. All they've managed to do is to window dress the entire operation to look like legitimate companies are mining there, but all the Zanu-PF cronies and the military are on the receiving end.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-11-02 12:58

      @Frank, how do you prove that?

      mart.botha - 2012-11-02 15:32

      Easy to do if you don't use local labour, or local security, or local expertise.....and import ALL these requirements from ....I don't know, let's say China. Ask the question too, how many Zimbabweans are missing and probably concealed in mass graves situated in areas where only said military may move.

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-02 10:18

    Welcome back Zim

  • Tracey - 2012-11-02 10:19

    http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/news/zimbabwe/61952/zanu-pf-thugs-attack-mdc.html

  • nthato.thema1 - 2012-11-02 10:48

    Shout out to the impressive turn around the country has made from its past controvercies. I envy the ideaology of her leaders,why can't we do this in South Africa?

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-02 11:06

      Are you being serious?? You envy a leader who has thrown everything away for his own personal gain?? THe country is in ruins because of its leaders and is so far behind South Africa in everything and yet you envy them. I feel very sorry for you.

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-11-02 11:37

      You missed the part where the proceeds for the last thirty years, were stolen by the president and government officials, and where people who objected to the stolen wealth, (and their families) were killed in droves. Thirty years of that?

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-02 13:23

      Hahahaa @sarah thanks I did leave out that bit!

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-02 15:32

      Nothing has changed. More the fool you if you believe there has been a turnaroud.

  • pieterjo - 2012-11-02 11:00

    Haha and the rest is taken by the war general's and buddies of Mugabe. The whole diamond industry is a corrupt bunch

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-02 11:56

      They even reap the Southern part of DRC.(payment for "military back up") A certain "Billy", as a friend, comes to mind.

  • lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-11-02 11:27

    Well done Zimbabwe.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-02 11:51

      " Diamond mining has been shrouded in mystery and secrecy due to government's involvement in the mining of the gems. Lack of transparency and accountability from diamond revenues has also cast a dark shadow on the industry. " Now if they can just clear this cloud to all and proof their transparency in all facets, I will jump up and down of joy. I love that country and their people. They were always just good to me when visiting them often in the past.

  • sphala - 2012-11-02 12:57

    More good still to come out from Zim, and some african countries will learn from you....stay bless

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-11-02 13:11

    Well done Zim. Wishing you all the success.

  • Steven - 2012-11-02 13:17

    Once we remove the illegitimate government of RGM and Co, i really cannot wait to see what my country can do. March next year is going to be the most important time since independence, almost a second independence. On the cusp of great prosperity. I hope the UN and the rest of the world are there to make sure our votes aren't tampered with. Largest find of diamonds in over 100 years, second largest platinum deposits in the world, and a hell of a lot more underneath, plus hard working mainly peace loving people, it can only end in good, if ZANU PF is retired to history books!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-02 15:31

    What crap. As long as the illegal government on Mugabe is in power, there is no way that this can be justified. All this is just appeasement. The real owners are still Mugabe and his cronies. The workers are still losers.

  • isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-11-02 17:44

    botswana step aside our time has come to glow

  • isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-11-02 17:46

    that is fantastic especially coming from the kimberly process itself.well done

  • rigel.bernard - 2012-11-02 19:44

    none of the money generated is going to the fiscus while 51% of all mines are owned by government, there is rampant looting, just look at the wealth their minister of mines has

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