Articles tagged 'marange'

'Chihuri looted diamonds worth millions of dollars' 10 April 2018 HARARE - Former police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri allegedly seized a vault containing diamonds worth millions of dollars belonging to a company that was in partnership with the cops before he forcibly took its claim in the gem rich Chiadzwa fields, Parliament heard yesterday. Chihu...
Zim govt's diamond miner plans $20m investment 5 April 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) – a wholly-owned State enterprise formed after the merger of seven miners in the country’s gem-rich Chiadzwa fields – is planning a $20 million investment this year after nearly doubling production in 2018's first quarter. The miner ...
Armed police loot diamonds 20 March 2018 HARARE - Parliament yesterday heard how heavily armed police officers numbering about 200, in mafia style, stormed the Mbada Diamond fields in Marange and looted gems worth millions of dollars before they broke television monitors and equipment in a raid which left workers fearing for their lives...
Chefs probed over Zim's missing $15 billion 14 February 2018 HARARE - Parliament has summoned Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu and other high-ranking bureaucrats who served under former president Robert Mugabe's administration as the legislative assembly continues to seek answers to the controversy surrounding the missing diamond revenue estimated at a st...
EASTERN NEWS | Outrage over Chiadzwa security 'abuses' 31 August 2017 MUTARE - Fearful villagers from the diamond-rich Chiadzwa area are accusing the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) of gross human rights abuses, which its chief executive officer, Morris Mpofu, confirmed were being investigated by police. President Robert Mugabe’s government was accu...
EASTERN NEWS | SA gold rush torments community 17 August 2017 MUTARE - An increasing number of people from the Rusitu community is being lured into illicit and dangerous gold mining in South Africa (SA), where many have died while some have disappeared. Known as Zama Zamas, the daring illegal gold miners, who enter active mines through hidden holes that ...
EASTERN NEWS | MDC MP fumes over Mandiwanzira posters 10 August 2017 MUTASA Central MDC legislator Trevor Saruwaka is fretting over Zanu PF Nyanga South MP Supa Mandiwanzira’s campaign posters that are pasted all over a construction vehicle repairing roads in his constituency. The earth mover — owned by Fuel Africa (Pvt) Ltd — was hired to maintain the Jombe Ro...
EASTERN NEWS | Over 3 000 trapped in Marange fields 3 August 2017 MARANGE — Over 3 000 people are virtually trapped in the high-security Chiadzwa diamond fields because the authorities are not allowing them to move freely in the fields as they await their relocation. From as far back as 2008, when the diamond rush broke out in Chiadzwa, the gem-rich zone has...
EASTERN NEWS | Relocated Marange families sing the blues 20 July 2017 FAMILIES which were forcibly relocated to Arda-Transau from the diamond-rich Marange fields are bitter over the drastic deterioration of their children's education standards. Nearly a quarter of the pupils at Chirasika Primary School, which caters for the settlement, are learning under inhuman...
Court gives govt diamond miner ultimatum 27 April 2017 HARARE - The High Court has given the government-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) an ultimatum to comply with an order stopping it from looting Grandwell Holdings (Grandwell)'s mining ore in the Chiadzwa mining fields. This comes after Grandwell, which owns 50 percent shareho...
Closure of diamond firms triggered cash shortages 15 April 2017 HARARE - The closure of diamond mining companies early last year has been cited as one of the reasons for the current cash shortages, investigations by the Daily News have revealed. Confidential documents seen by the Daily News, which are also set to be tabled before key government institution...
Chimene calls for diamond fraud probe 18 February 2017 BUHERA - Manicaland minister of State Mandi Chimene (pictured) yesterday called for a probe into Zanu PF bigwigs accused of swindling million of dollars from diamond mining companies, an apparent image clean-up ahead of elections expected next year. Briefing First Lady Grace Mugabe at a rally ...
The dissipation of hope 24 June 2016 HARARE - Facets of Power: Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds, Edited by Richard Saunders and Tinashe Nyamunda; Harare, Weaver Press, 2016. THE discovery of diamonds in Marange was probably the best news to have emerged from Zimbabwe since the turn of the mi...
Govt diamond miner operating illegally: Parly 21 June 2016 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) is operating illegally, after Mines minister Walter Chidakwa formed the entity without an Act of Parliament to guide its operations, it has emerged. Mines ministry permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga was yesterday grilled by the parlia...
Chidakwa's job on the line 7 June 2016 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidakwa is facing a major battle for his political career after it was revealed yesterday that Zanu PF hawks want his head on the chopping block for lying to President Robert Mugabe, the party and the nation about missing diamond revenue to the staggering tune of $...
We have been vindicated 6 June 2016 HARARE - The recent dismissal of the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) management not only exonerates the Daily News from the brickbats and battering it received for warning the Zanu PF government against its ill-advised seizure of diamond companies, but also goes on to show how myopic...
Govt 'choking' Marange villagers 15 May 2016 MARANGE - Thick clouds of red dust billow into the sky in the distance. Suddenly a monster diamond ore dump truck emerges leaving us choking in a swirling storm of dirt. Without frequent rains to dampen the soil, government-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDMC)'s mining ac...
Marange stars for Zim ladies 27 April 2016 HARARE - Opender Precious Marange scored an impressive half-century before grabbing a wicket to guide Zimbabwe to the ICC Twenty20 Global Qualifiers with a 68-run win over Kenya here yesterday. The left-hander was at her usual best hitting four boundaries and seven maximums on her way to 71 ru...
Merged diamond firm to commence operations 11 December 2015 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) is expected to commence operations soon after government this week announced its intention to recruit at least 12 key personnel for the merged firm. In a notice published yesterday, government said it was seeking the services of a chief...
Marange mining firms sued over pollution 21 June 2015 HARARE - Five Marange residents have dragged three diamond mining firms based in that area to court, accusing the companies of discharging human waste and other chemicals in nearby rivers. The residents: Zakeu Nhachi, Rosemary Maruwa Jena, Elias Matsveruka, Mayimboti Mayimboti and Isaac Ziwenj...
Illegal diamond dealings on the rise 28 March 2015 MUTARE - As the once-rich Marange diamond mining companies struggle to pay employees, illegal diamond dealers have resurfaced in Chiadzwa. The dealers are getting a steady supply of the rare gems through clandestine methods, pressure groups in the extractive sector have said. The Zimbabwe E...
'Audit Marange firms before merger' 25 September 2014 HARARE - Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa must produce audited reports on the operations of diamond mining companies in Marange before rushing to merge them, civil society pressure groups have said. In a joint statement yesterday, the Centre for Research and Development (CRD) and Zimbabwe Natur...
Marange firms lay off over 400 workers 29 June 2014 MUTARE - Alluvial diamond deposits at Marange have run out and companies here have started laying off workers. Chinese diamond mining companies Anjin and Jinan are this week laying-off more than 400 employees arguing that their claims have run out out of diamonds and have no money to crush the...
Plot to dethrone Chief Marange thickens 27 March 2014 HARARE - The Marange dynasty is plotting to dethrone Chief Gilbert Marange amid allegations he has overshot his term of office in an acting capacity and was unduly benefiting from diamonds at the expense of his community. Marange, who has been acting chief for six years since the death of Noah...
Declare diamonds' revenue 18 March 2014 HARARE - Is Zimbabwe in shifting sands? This is a question that needs to be asked as the country rapidly enters an economic cul de sac which we thought had been reversed during the days of the inclusive government. Instead of ramping up pressure on ministers to fulfill their electoral pledg...