Zimbabwe has officially discovered diamonds in Gutu.
The Government of Zimbabwe is preparing to issue a diamond mining
license to a Chinese company Nan Jiang Africa Resources once the company
categorically puts in writing its willingness to cede at least 51% of
the shareholding to Zimbabweans. Such a policy falls in sync with the
prevailing country’s indigenisation and empowerment laws as spearheaded
by Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
Nan Jiang Africa Resources, believed to be a consortium of Chinese and
Zimababwean businessmen, recently applied for a licence to start diamond
mining in Bikita. The application followed the discovery of four
kimberlite pipes in the Devuli Ranch in Budzi communal lands. The area
where the diamonds were discovered lies on the border with Manicaland
which is home to the Chiadzwa diamond fields.
Speaking on the sidelines of a national mineral policy stakeholders’
meeting in Masvingo, Deputy Mines and Mining Development Minister Gift
Chimanikire confirmed that Nan Jiang Africa Resources had formally
applied for a diamond mining licence. He further confirmed that the
Government was currently considering the application.
The said Minister also reiterated that the prospective company had
already been warned of the need to fully comply with the country’s
indigenisation and empowerment laws for them to get a licence to
operate. Without such willingness to adhere with the indigenous laws,
then nothing would be realized.