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The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series invites prominent people to encourage debate on important social issues. The series is a significant event on the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s calendar and encourages people to enter into dialogue – often about difficult subjects – in order to tackle the challenges we face today. Previous speakers include former US president Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Teh 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in partnership wif teh Motsepe Foundation, is to be delivered by former US President Barack Obama in Johannesburg. To mark teh centenary of Madiba’s birth, teh lecture’s theme will be “Renewing teh Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”. Teh Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will, therefore, focus on creating optimal conditions for bridging divides, working across political lines, and resisting oppression and inequality. Teh lecture will take pla…

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Mugabe: Government will now own all Zimbabwe's diamonds #CAPNews

President says move needed to prevent swindling and smuggling by private companies that "rob" country of wealth.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has announced plans for his government to take control of all diamond mining operations in a bid to put an end to alleged rampant swindling linked to the multi-billion dollar gem industry in the poverty-stricken country.
Mugabe's statement came a week after authorities ordered all private mining companies to halt work and leave the country's Marange fields, which in 2013 reportedly produced about 13 percent of the world's diamond supply, saying that their working licenses were not renewed.
"The state will now own all the diamonds in the country," Mugabe said on Thursday in an interview with state broadcaster ZBC TV.




"Companies that have been mining diamonds have robbed us of our wealth. That is why we have now said the state must have a monopoly," Mugabe said.
Zimbabwe was the eighth largest diamond producer in the world with 4.7 million carats in 2014, according to industry group Kimberly Process.
The Zimbabwe Herald newspaper cited Mugabe as saying that he suspects at least $13bn in revenue from the country's diamond industry remains unaccounted for.




"We have not received much from the diamond industry at all," he said. "Not by way of earnings. I don't think we have exceeded $2bn or so and yet we think that well over $15bn ... have been earned in that area."
Mugabe said the nationalisation of the industry was necessary to prevent widespread swindling and smuggling by mining companies.
"You can not trust a private company in that area. None at all. We should have learned from the experiences of Botswana, Angola, Namibia," he added.

During the interview, Mugabe also said his successor must be chosen democratically and that he plans on living to 100.
"Why successor? I am still there. Why do you want a successor? I did not say I was a candidate to retire," he said
"In a democratic party, you don't want leaders appointed that way to lead the party. They have to be appointed properly by the people, at a gathering of the people, at a congress."
Mugabe said he was not behind his wife Grace's quick rise within ZANU-PF, which has led to reports that she has plans to succeed her husband.
"Others say the president wants to leave the throne for his wife. Where have you ever seen that, even in our own culture, where a wife inherits from her husband?" Mugabe said

 

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