kiiiiiimberly float.jpgConstruction of the eagerly anticipated Zimbabwe Diamond Technology Centre is expected to be completed in the next 12 to 18 months, amid commitment by stakeholders in the multi-million dollar project in ensuring that the project becomes a success.

 

 

Speaking at a one-day stakeholders meeting in Harare, representative of the constructing firm, Mr. Aby Mujeyi confirmed that notable progress has been made towards the erection of structures at the site, with phase one of the initiative expected to be completed in the next 12 to 18 months.

 

“We are ready to erect structures and all the necessary materials are on the site. The site has already been cleared and surveying has been done,” he said.

 

A representative of the proposed Zimbabwe Diamond Education College, Nabil Khalil said the diamond polishing and cutting school is expected to be functional in a month’s time.

 

He said: “We hope the training school will assist in the knowledge transfer to the locals and certificates which will issue to the graduates are internationally recognized.”

 

Also attending the meeting was Affirmative Action Group President, Mr. Supa Mandiwanzira, who said the pressure group has come up with a clear strategy to ensure that indigenous people fully participate in the project.

 

“Our aim is to push for indigenous people beneficiation from this facility. We have a clear strategy to ensure that the locals fully participate in the project,” said Mr. Mandiwanzira.

 

The centre is expected to house a diamond auction floor, a marketing wing and an administration and will also accommodate other key stakeholders in the diamond industry including the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe as well as the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.