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30 july 2014

Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers and the government of Botswana, has decided to go ahead with its plans to use x-ray machines to deter increasing incidences of diamond theft at its operations.
However, the move had been vigorously opposed by the Botswana Mining Workers Union (BMWU) saying the x-ray machines emit radiation that would pose a health hazard to the employees.
APA quoted a Debswana senior production manager Eunice Mpoloka as saying that the diamond company was currently waiting for a green-light from the Department of Environmental Affairs to install the machines.
She said rudimentary methods currently being used, including physical searches, had failed to deter the nicking of diamonds.
Mpoloka claimed that there had been occasions when stones from diamond mining fields in neighbouring countries were found in Debswana mining operations in Botswana.
She said criminal syndicates schemed with some Debswana employees to substitute high-value diamonds mined in the Botswana operations with “low-value” diamonds from countries such as Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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