Diamond miner engages affected stakeholders 

Diamond miner engages affected stakeholders 

Source: Diamond miner engages affected stakeholders | The Financial Gazette May 8, 2018

ZCDC chief executive officer, Morris Mpofu

ZCDC chief executive officer, Morris Mpofu

THE Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC), which is planing to carryout diamond exploration  in Murare district, has given affected stakeholders up to the end of next week to submit their concerns.

The State-owned company has engaged the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study for the diamond exploration project at Mutare Rural District Portal Q, an area which was previously mined by Diamond Mining Company (DMC).

“The ZCDC intends to carry out diamond exploration in Mutare Rural District Portal Q, Manicaland Province,” the company said on Monday.

“According to the Environmental Management Act (Chapter 20: 27), this development requires that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) be carried out. As such, ZCDC contracted the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre to conduct an EIA study for the diamond exploration project.”

ZCDC gained control of all diamond concessions in Chiadzwa, a ward in Mutare District two years ago.

There were several companies mining diamonds in Chiadzwa, including Mbada Diamonds, Marange Resources, Anjin Investments (which was jointly owned by the Chinese military and their Zimbabwean counterparts), DMC, Jinan, Rera, Kusena and Gye Nyame.

The diamond mining companies had, however, hit a hard rock and alluvial deposits had been depleted.

Now, ZCDC, plan to extract conglomerate diamonds.

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