ZCDC targets to double production to over three million carats

By ZBC Reporter
THE ZIMBABWE Consolidated Diamond Mining company (ZCDC) is targeting to double production to over three million carats this year as part of efforts to achieve a national target of ten million carats per year by 2023.
The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) says the construction of a conglomerate plant is set to boost productivity, with the company targeting to double production from 1.6 million carats produced last year to 3.2 million this year.
Speaking on the sidelines of a media tour of the ZCDC mine in Chiadzwa this Thursday, the mining company’s acting chief executive officer Roberto De Pretto says the firm will also procure mobile crushers to increase output, adding that exploration and partnerships will be prioritised.
“We are moving towards improved productivity in line with targets set by government. This year we aimed to double production capacity owing to a number of measures to improve efficiency. We have also adopted a number of measures to circumvent challenges that affected production last year.
“Exploration will be prioritised this year as we have been lagging behind in that area. We need to open new mines and this can also be achieved through partnerships. We are hoping to conduct regular sales this year to increase funding base,” he said

ZCDC Acting Chief Operating Officer Levy Chihota said the processing plant will be upgraded by end of March paving way for improved productivity.
“We have completed phase one and two of our plant and by end of March we will have completed phase three that focus on tertiary crushing and that will unlock more value from our stones,” said Chihota.
The diamond sector is one of the strategic areas that will play a pivotal role in the attainment of a 12 billion dollar mining industry by 2030.