‘Di­a­mond miner must do more’

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - From Abel Zhakata in Marange

THE Zim­babwe Con­sol­i­dated Di­a­mond Min­ing Com­pany has an obli­ga­tion to im­prove the lives of com­mu­ni­ties around the Chi­adzwa di­a­mond fields by up­grad­ing so­cial in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices, a Cabi­net min­is­ter has said.

At be­lated African Child Day com­mem­o­ra­tions here yes­ter­day, In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dr Chris Mushohwe said, “Like what is hap­pen­ing in other com­mu­ni­ties where nat­u­ral re­sources are be­ing mined, the peo­ple of Chi­adzwa must ben­e­fit from the di­a­monds that are be­ing mined here. What we must know is that once these di­a­monds are mined, they are gone for­ever.

“They don’t grow again like grass. What it means is that these di­a­monds which are be­ing mined on our doorstep must leave a mark of devel­op­ment that we will show to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions as tes­ti­mony that we once had di­a­monds that changed our lives.’’

“We are happy that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that the coun­try was get­ting a raw deal from the pre­vi­ous min­ers, de­cided that Gov­ern­ment must mine the di­a­monds for the peo­ple. The Min­is­ter of Mines, Cde (Walter) Chid­hakwa, as­sured us that the new di­a­mond com­pany is go­ing to cre­ate a data­base of prospec­tive job-seek­ers from each ward in this area whereby those who reg­is­ter their names will also state the type of qual­i­fi­ca­tions they have for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion dur­ing re­cruit­ment and in­ter­views.”

Dr Mushohwe as­sured vil­lagers that Gov­ern­ment was de­ter­mined to carry out ma­jor min­ing oper­a­tions in Chi­adzwa as seen by re­cent pur­chases of equip­ment from Belarus.

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