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

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25 october 2021

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

Although the diamond watchdog Kimberley Process (KP) prides itself for significantly reducing the flow of conflict goods since its establishment in 2003, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) alleged that illegal diamond...

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...

11 october 2021

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

Zulu Ghevriya, the CEO and Co-Founder of Smiling Rocks, Founder of Vedantti Jewellery and Managing Director of Prism Group has been in the diamond and jewellery industry for over 20 years. Zulu started his business, Prism Group, as a natural diamond...

04 october 2021

Work hard and you will find success

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27 september 2021

Lifeline for small-scale chrome miners in Zim

22 september 2021
Zimbabwe Zhongxin Smelting Company, a joint venture between a Chinese firm and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, is constructing a $60 million smelting plant in Masvingo.
The Herald reports that thousands of small-scale chrome miners in and around the Mashava will benefit from the development as they had to travel as far as Kwekwe to have their chrome smelted.
"We are excited as a province by this investment by a Chinese firm and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces as it will enhance operations of thousands of small-scale chrome miners across Masvingo province," Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Ezra Chadzamira was quoted as saying.
"Our small-scale miners will have close access to the market for their resource which will have ripple effects on the provincial economy."
The first phase of the construction project will be completed end of the year.
At least $30 million will be channelled towards the project under the first phase, while the second phase will also require the same amount.
The projected output from the plant is 50 000 tonnes of ferrochrome annually.

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