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Rough diamonds and diamond sorting  or grading at the Harry Oppenheimer House in Kimberley.
Rough diamonds and diamond sorting or grading at the Harry Oppenheimer House in Kimberley.
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Harare – Diamond mining companies ordered by President Robert Mugabe's government to stop gem mining operations in Eastern Zimbabwe are weighing their options, while some have started engagements for litigation against the decision.

Zimbabwe Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidakwa on Monday said all diamond mining activities in Marange and Chimanimani have to stop. He requested that the diamond miners - which are mostly partnerships between Chinese and other investors and state-owned companies - hand over the mines to the state.

Mining sources have now told Fin24 the affected miners are scrambling for a way out of this. Among the options being pursued are litigation against the government's decision, while others have already started to slow down operations in anticipation of the shutdown as their operating licences were not renewed.

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