Polish diamonds before export

EDITOR — Zimbabwe is losing out through lack of value addition to her mineral resources before export.

In 1963, emeralds were discovered at Sandawana Mine in Mberengwa. 

The mine owned by Rio Tinto established a value addition department in Harare where gem cutters were trained to cut and polish the emeralds to export them value added and that project generated millions of dollars besides creating a lot of employment and revenue for the State at that time.

Zimbabwe has got the capacity to bail herself out of the economic quagmire if the leaders realise the importance of value addition to her minerals.

P Mungofa

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