January 17, 2018

Zimbabwe seizing unlicensed diamond mines

As some observers had predicted, the Zimbabwean government is taking over unlicensed diamond mines, Mines Minister, Walter Chidhakwa, announced in a press conference held in Harare, the country’s capital, according to a report by AFP.

 “The government is hereby requesting the diamond companies to stop all operations and shut down all processes, to co-operate in the handover and takeover and to immediately vacate the mining areas without any items,” said Chidhakwa.

The Minister revealed that joint venture companies in the industry had been operating illegally as permits which had been granted expired and were not renewed over the last four or five years.

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