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Marange diamond fields can generate revenue as tourism centre - report

01 april 2014

Zimbabwe’s tourism minister Walter Mzembi said Marange diamond fields should become a tourist attraction centre for the economic-troubled southern African country.
“All potential tourism attractions in Manicaland should have a facelift and generate revenue for the people,” he was quoted as saying by the Zimbabwean newspaper.
“These attractions would include Chiadzwa (Marange) diamonds, Birchenough Bridge and hot springs.”
He, however, could not explain how this project would be implemented, especially in Marange given that the diamond fields are regarded as a high security zone.
The Zimbabwean government had until recent years, declared the diamond fields a no go area.
It drove away thousands of artisanal miners who had invaded the diamond fields in 2006.
Reports alleged that some artisanal miners lost their lives in the process, a move that led to the suspension of Zimbabwe’s diamonds by the Kimberley Process in 2009.
The suspension was lifted in 2011.
The European Union and the United States also imposed separate trade moratoriums on the diamonds.
However, the EU lifted its trade embargo last year, paving way for Zimbabwe to conduct diamond tenders in Antwerp, Belgium.
Two Antwerp tenders of Marange diamonds had already been convened since December last year.

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