diamonds.jpgThe first consignment of the US$32 million mining equipment procured from Belarus has started arriving in the country and will help to capacitate the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) in its diamond mining operations in Chiadzwa.

The first consignment which is made up of seven dump trucks has started arriving in the country through Forbes Border Post with more other equipment expected to arrive later this week.

In a telephone interview with ZBC News, the chief executive officer for ZCDC Dr Morris Mpofu said the new diamond mining equipment will pave way for the commencement of the conglomerate mining programme.

The new mining equipment will transform the state of mining operations, as ZCDC has been relying heavily on contract mining which proved to be expensive.

ZCDC is busy procuring other mobile equipment to ensure the commencement of diamond mining operations at Charleswood in Chimanimani.

Diamond production is expected to increase this year following the access gained by the ZCDC on concessions which were previously contested by former mining companies at the expiry of their mining licences.

The government last year took a deliberate decision to consolidate all diamond mining operations.