Minister of Mines and Minerals Development, Winston Chitando has commissioned
the Mwenezi Aeromagnetic Survey for Diamonds to ascertain the veracity of the speculated
diamond wealth in Chiredzi and Mwenezi.
Buffalo Range International Airport.
in partnership with a South African cmpany, Xcalibur Airborne Geophysics.
Project is aimed at unpacking the country’s diamond wealth over a survey
distance of 8 800km.
capacity, expertise and equipment in the Limpopo Mobile Zone (Ngundu) area to
conduct a high resolution, low level airborne survey of the surrounding areas
including River Ranch, Murowa and Mwenezi.
conglomerate, alluvial and Kimberlitic diamond deposits.
to grow the size of the national diamond industry from the current $2.8 billion
to a $12 billion industry by year 2030.
which government is working towards. The attainment of Vision 2030 will require
the diamond industry to contribute,” said Chitando.
produced 2.8 million carats in 2018 against a target of 10 million carats.
produced 2.8 million carats of diamond and the whole idea for this is to go to
at least 10 million carats by 2023. The 10 million carats projection is based
on geologically proven sites and on the exploration which is now taking place,
who knows what can happen?” said Chitando.
Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira welcomed the prospective investment
opportunity which he said will transform Rutenga and Sango border post.
bring new diversified activities in Mwenezi and Chiredzi districts resulting in
economic transformation of the Lowveld towards massive rural development. This
will include the development of Rutenga as a dry port and the modernisation of
Sango border post,” said Chadzamira.