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Production and sale of synthetic diamonds will be suicidal- Masire

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy Resources and Water Affairs, Mmetla Masire, has issued a stern warning that Botswana cannot engage in production and sale of synthetic diamonds as that will compromise the value of its natural diamonds.

Addressing the Parliamentary Accounts Committee, he said that Botswana’s diamonds are highly rated and therefore if the country was to produce and sell synthetic diamonds, that would seriously impact on the value and send confusing message to its customers.

“Let’s not compromise our diamonds. If we start production of synthetic diam...

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