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ZCDC H1 output reaches 1.5 mln cts

04 july 2018
Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) said it has produced more than 1.5 million carats of diamonds since January.

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Image credit: ZCDC


Company chief executive Morris Mpofu was quoted by The Standard newspaper as saying that ZCDC’s output was projected to increase to 3.5 million carats this year compared with 1.7 million carats produced last year.
“We are already half of the year and we have already surpassed half of this production level, which means it’s something possible to achieve,” he said.
The company produced 751,303 carats in the first quarter of the year against a set target of 600,000 carats.
“The Zimbabwe Consolidated Mining Company has its vision 2025, which is aimed at investing a total of $400 million from 2018 to 2025 to build the necessary capacity across the entire diamond value chain from restoration, mining, to processing and diamond value management,” Mpofu said.

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