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Zimbabwe to evict ‘idle’ Marange diamond miners

11 october 2016
The Zimbabwean government is considering evicting idle mining firms that are refusing to vacate Marange diamond fields arguing that this was prejudicing the country of much-needed revenue.
Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa was quoted by The Herald newspaper as saying that government would now move in to repossess idle claims held on to by three former Marange mining firms.
Harare decided not to renew the special grants for all companies that were mining in Marange on expiry after it emerged that some of them were siphoning billions of dollars out of the country.
It went on to establish the Zimbabwe Diamond Consolidated Company (ZCDC), which had been mining diamonds in Marange since March this year.
“It has kept us out of Chiadzwa [Marange]…It became difficult for us to take over the ground,” Chidhakwa said.
“But what we did was we decided to put in place a process of eviction after the 90 days expired. The law says after the 90 days that allow them to take their equipment, we can in fact go by way of eviction. So that is the process we are undertaking now.”
He claimed that production on claims that used to belong to companies like Diamond Mining Company (DMC) had gone up ZCDC.
“What used to be DMC has since doubled its production from approximately between 20 000 and 25 000 carats a month to between 40 000 and 45 000 carats a month,” Chidhakwa said.
“What used to be Marange Resources was below 10 000 carats a month but now they have gone up to between 50 000 and 55 000 carats a month which is giving us about 100 000 carats and you can imagine what would have been the situation if we had done the same thing in the other three concessions.
“We would in fact exceed 250 000 carats a month that I spoke about when we took over operations in Marange.”

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished