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Vol 51 No 7

Published 2nd April 2010


Zimbabwe

The diamond mine drama

A politically charged dispute over ownership of diamond fields in Chiadzwa could turn into an international lawsuit

Hot Springs, some 100 kilometres south of Mutare, once aspired to be a spa resort but the gouty planters in its colonial-style hotel have been replaced by Lebanese dealers from West Africa. The town's featureless hinterland seems to contain the largest alluvial diamond field uncovered in the last half century. Or so some say.

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