Part 2: KPCSC wants Russia to help end impasse on new definition of conflict diamonds

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Part 1: KPCSC gives insight into illegal diamond mining, trading in Africa

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18 october 2021

The jewelry industry in Russia needs to be upgraded in a serious way

Dina Nasyrova is a vice-president of the International Jewelry Exhibition-Congress J-1 recently hosted by the Atrium of Gostiny Dvor in Moscow. As a partner and the Muse of the famous jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, she actively participated in the preparation...

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Smiling Rocks, a philanthropic business model, inspires companies to work for betterment of the world

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Zim’s Murowa Diamonds contributes towards fight against Covid-19

26 may 2020

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Image credit: Murowa Diamonds


Rio Zimbabwe’s Murowa Diamonds has donated $40 000 to the Zvishavane district Covid-19 Taskforce and pledged to renovate Lundi Rural Hospital, which is serving as an isolation centre.
The diamond mine was located in Zvishavane.
“In times like these, it is imperative that we play our part in partnering with the government and other stakeholders to fight and contain the Covid-19 virus,” Murowa Diamonds general manager, Masimba Nyamhunga was quoted as saying by NewZimbabwe.com.
“As a company, we are aware of the expectations our stakeholders have and are committed to continue to be a key partner in the development of the district and country at large.”
Murowa was also sponsoring a radio awareness programme to educate and inform artisanal and small scale miners as well as local communities on how to be part of the Covid-19 fight.
Murowa recorded a 7% regression in production to 685 000 carats in 2019 from 740 244 carats produced in the comparative period in 2018. 
The low production was attributed to intermittent power supply which resulted in lost production running time.

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