The Centre for Civil Society based within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies invites you to the seminar – “Resource – Cursed Zimbabwe’s Marange blood diamond”

The seminar will be skype-cast so if you would like to take part, please contact

Speaker:   Farai Maguwu
Date:        Friday, 6 July 2012
Time:       12:30-14:00

Venue:        CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College



What may be judged as the world’s largest-ever diamond field, in eastern Zimbabwe, appears to be channeling unprecedented resources to a small elite, including the country’s generals and Zanu(PF) officials, and Chinese, Indian, Israeli and Dubai enterprises active in the diamond commodity chain. These are ‘blood diamonds’ by any reasonable definition, given the death of hundreds of local residents in the Marange area a few years ago, and given how exploitative social, environmental and political processes in Zimbabwe have been amplified by the diamonds’ extraction. The case allows further interrogation of the notion of the Resource Curse, associated with malgovernance and inappropriate use of non-renewable natural resources.

Farai Maguwu holds a masters from Africa University and is enrolling for his doctorate in development studies at UKZN based at CCS. He was awarded the Africa prize by Human Rights Watch, following weeks in prison and torture given his role in researching Marange diamonds and contesting the Kimberley Process. A recent interview with Farai following the US hosting of the KP earlier this month is at



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