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A Chinese company, Nan Jiang Africa Resources, which had been exploring for diamonds in Bikita, south of Zimbabwe for over two years, has ceased operations.
Its exploration results showed that the kimberlitic pipes in the area do not contain diamonds, the state-owned media reports.
The company’s site manager Sam Muchemwa failed to shed light on developments at the mine but confirmed the failure to find diamonds in the area.
“We are only left with a few workers who are looking after mining equipment and the plant but the rest were retrenched because our diamond exploration results were negative,” he was quoted as saying.
Unnamed sources cited by The Herald said the company was waiting for government to allocate it a new claim.
“We hope Government will give us another area to explore because the kimberlitic pipes here at Devuli Ranch are non-diamondiferous,” said the source.
“This means they do not have diamonds.”
Mines and Mining Development deputy Minister Fred Moyo said he was not aware of plans to allocate Nan Jiang Africa Resources a new claim.
“What we know is that the company could not find the diamond resource in Bikita. As a ministry we know of their investment in diamond exploration but they could not quite find the resource they were looking for.”
He said Government was in the process of consolidating all diamond mining activities in the country.

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