Tanzanian Diamonds Stolen In South African Flight Raid

Tanzanian Diamonds Stolen In South African Flight Raid

Above Photo: Rough diamonds of a similar quality to Mwadui’s best stones (debeersgroup.com)

Recently I wrote an article about the theft of $50,000,000 worth of diamonds at Brussels airport, and mentioned another little-known theft of a substantial quantity of Tanzanian diamonds from another airport, which my informant believed to be in Europe. (http://peteralanlloyd.com/other-writing-projects/tanzanian-diamonds/diamonds-robberies-and-painful-memories/ )

The enormous Mwadui kimberlite diamond pit (jvanne, Flikrivr)

The enormous Mwadui kimberlite diamond pit (jvanne, Flikrivr)

Having done some, er, digging, I have now discovered that this latter hushed-up theft of a consignment of Tanzanian diamonds didn’t occur in Europe, but at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo airport in South Africa, while the uncut diamonds were in transit to Antwerp, and that they came from the former De Beers-owned Mwadui diamond mine in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania, which is now owned by Petra Diamonds Ltd.

The stolen consignment consisted of 14,931 carats of rough diamonds, valued at US$ 3,000,000, and great secrecy and considerable government confusion surrounded the theft in Tanzania, as the loss was thought likely to impact significantly on the royalty the government takes from the sale of Mwadui diamonds in Antwerp.

The main entrance to the old De Beers Mwadui mine in Shinyanga, Tanzania, (now owned by Petra Diamonds Ltd). (Leonard Magomba)

The main entrance to the old De Beers Mwadui mine in Shinyanga, Tanzania, (now owned by Petra Diamonds Ltd). (Leonard Magomba)

Petra Diamonds lodged an insurance claim and remained confident that it would be reimbursed for the loss, out of which the Tanzanian government would presumably see its share.

To date, not a single diamond has been recovered from this raid, and there are few details of how it went down. It is believed the diamonds, after they’d been assessed and sealed in Tanzania and put on a flight to Johannesburg from Dar es Salaam, were discovered to have been tampered with, and the diamonds were missing, by the time the flight arrived in South Africa.

Together with some long-suffering investors, we still have a licence to mine a large piece of land right next to the Mwadui diamond mine in Shinyanga, known as Diamond Africa, and I have visited the Mwadui mine many times in the past.

I will come back to this mining area in future articles as I research my account of what befell our Tanzanian diamond mining operations out there.

Shinyanga and Mwadui Mine location marked in red circle

Shinyanga and Mwadui Mine location marked in red circle

See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

©Peter Alan Lloyd

 

BACK Parts 1 and 2:

Reviews: Amazon.co.uk: Customer Reviews 

UK: Amazon.co.uk: BACK Parts 1 and 2 

US: Amazon: Back Parts 1 and 2

Smashwords: Back Parts 1 and 2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peter.lloyd.94064?fref=ts

Website: www.peteralanlloyd.com

Twitter: @PeterAlanLloyd

Like this? Share it.

Related Posts

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *