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Zimbabwe has licenced Russia’s Alrosa and Chinese firm Anjin to mine diamonds in Chiadzwa, according to the state media.
The companies join the Zimbabwe Diamond Mining Corporation (ZCDC), which is currently operating in Marange and Murowa Diamonds, which has operations in Zvishavane as the four companies permitted to dig for diamonds in the southern African country. 
              Image credit: ZCDC

“There are four companies that are allowed to undertake diamond production. They are ZCDC, Murowa diamonds, Anjin and Alrosa,” Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando was quoted as saying by The Herald. 
“Any company that wish to undertake diamond production in Zimbabwe will have to do so in a joint venture with these two, (Anjin and Alrosa.) 
“What it means is that so far at the beginning of this year we had two diamond producers, Murowa and ZCDC. As part of the implementation of the diamond policy, Anjin are now back at the Chiadzwa area and right now as we talk they are on the verge of commencing production.”
He said Anjin will operate at full throttle by end of this month.
“Then Alrosa, an agreement will be signed next week, between Government and Alrosa, which is from Russia, they have already opened an office in Zimbabwe which will be officially opened next week,” said Chitando.
“So we now have two players which were not there at the beginning of the year and the whole objective is to unpack the diamond potential of this country and produce the target of 10 million carats by the year 2023.”
Harare said last January that it had selected Alrosa and Anjin as the two foreign companies to partner the state-diamond firm in exploring and mining diamonds.
Anjin previously mined diamonds in the country until 2015 when former President Robert Mugabe’s government decided not to renew operating licences of mining companies that operated in Marange, which led to the formation of ZCDC. 
Anjin was jointly owned by Chinese companies Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company and Matt Bronze — an investment arm of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

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