The Chiadzwa and Marange communities will fully benefit from mining activities in their area through operationalisation of a diamond mining concession that will elevate the communities from being mere beneficiaries to shareholders.

A Diamond Indaba held in Mutare this Wednesday saw discussions focusing on accountability, security, support to local communities and finding ways of boosting productivity to ensure viability of the country’s diamond industry.

Addressing stakeholders at the Indaba, the Minister of State for Manicaland Province and Devolution, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba commended the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) for spearheading a number of co-operate social responsibility programs and working towards operationalising the Chiyadzwa Diamond Mining Concession.

“We are happy to note that there is progress towards the operationalisation of the Chiyadzwa Diamond Mining Concession that will make the locals shareholders. The move will ensure mining activities effectively benefits the local community that still require a lot of funds to cater for their development needs. ZCDC should engage more players to come and extract diamonds for the benefits of the country,” said Dr Gwaradzimba.

ZCDC Board chairperson, Engineer Killian Ukama weighed in saying the concession will empower locals who will now have more say in the mining activities.

“We are finalising on the Chiadzwa Diamond Mining Concession that will result in more benefits for the local communities. We are also engaging other players to ensure mining of diamonds is spread throughout the country,” Engineer Ukama said.

ZCDC Acting CEO, Roberto DePretto said the giant mining company has registered success in its endeavours to promote viability, stop leakages and operate within the international best practices.

“The mining company has made enormous strides to promote accountability, viability and promote security issues and has adhered to both local procurement requirements as well as attaining ISO certifications,” said DePretto.

The progress and the envisaged growth within the diamond industry is expected to spur economic growth and contribute enormously towards the vision 2030 of an upper middle income economy.