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No new diamond recovery in Zim’s Beitbridge

11 january 2012

A survey into the alleged discovery of diamonds in Beitbridge, a town, which borders Zimbabwe and South Africa, has found no presence of the precious stones.
Mines and Mining Development Minister, Obert Mpofu told Radio VOP that Beitbridge had emeralds called aquamarine instead.
Aquamarine was a type of pale blue to green gemstone which had been used in ornamental jewelry.
“Tests by our mining engineers have confirmed that there are no diamonds in Beitbridge. Villagers were only scrambling for aquamarine,” he was quoted as saying.
The diamond rush in BeitBridge forced the government to dispatch its geologists to establish the veracity of the claims.
A similar diamond rush in the Marange area almost seven years ago resulted in a brutal crackdown of artisanal miners, a move that saw trade in gems from the area being suspended by the Kimberley Process.

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