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Alrosa to lower production at International underground mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 7 hours ago Russian mining major Alrosa has revised the production plan of its International underground mine, near Mirny, as it takes a tougher stance on health and safety management. The production plan for 2018 remains unchanged at 36.6-million carats, but under the revised plan for 2019 to 2022, output... 

Latest tender nets $32.48m for Lucara

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Lucara Diamond Corp’s twelfth exceptional diamond tender has earned it $32.48-million, with one 327.48 ct diamond sold for $10.1-million, or about $30 900/ct. The company, which operates the Karowe mine, in Botswana, put ten single diamonds, ranging in size from 40.4 ct to 472.37 ct, up for tender. 

Trans Hex expects to widen FY loss

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Diamond miner Trans Hex expects to report a loss a share of 175.6c for the financial year ended March 31, compared with a loss a share of 173.6c in the prior financial year. The company further expects to report a headline loss a share of 216.5c, compared with a headline loss a share of 114.6c in... 

Gem declares $18.3m in payments to Lesotho, Botswana governments

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Gem Diamonds paid just over $18.3-million to the governments of Lesotho and Botswana for extractive activities completed in the financial year ended December 31, 2017. Of this amount, about $18.1-million was paid to the government of Lesotho, with the balance of $230 000 paid to the Botswana... 

CAR struggling to resume diamond exports, tax revenue lags

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 Despite a partial lifting of a ban on its diamond exports, the Central African Republic (CAR) is struggling to restore sales and seeing only a fraction of the tax revenue it once did, its mining minister said in an interview. As a member of the 81-nation Kimberley Process which certifies ethical... 

Lucapa, partners sell another $2m of Lulo diamonds

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company and its partners Empresa Nacional de Diamantes (Endiama) and Rosas & Petalas have completed a further sale of 1 782 ct of alluvial diamonds from the Lulo project, in Angola. The parcel achieved gross sale proceeds of $2-million, or A$2.7-million, representing an... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

Alrosa auctioning large rough diamonds in Asia

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 Russian diamond mining major is currently holding an auction in Hong Kong for large rough diamonds, and will soon start a second one in Vladivostock. The Hong Kong auction started on June 13 and will run until June 27. The Vladivostock auction will start on June 18 and conclude on June 29. In... 

Rapid dewatering pumps ensure safer diamond mining

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 Germiston-based pumps supplier Centex Africa has supplied 13 dewatering pumpsets, with another eight pumpsets on order, to Namibian diamond mining company Namdeb to prolong the life of the mine by ensuring the safer mining of diamonds in the ocean water lakes in Oranjemund, on the southern coast... 

Rapid dewatering pumps ensure safer diamond mining
TIDE-TURNING The Centex Africa Cornell 12NHTB pumps need to move nearly 50-billion litres of water

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC
Photo by Dylan Slater
Informal processing of sand from a depleted mine dump off the N3 South freeway, near Elandsfontein, in Germiston

Lucara appoints new corporate development VP

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2018 Ayesha Hira has been appointed VP corporate development and strategy at Vancouver-based diamond miner Lucara.    She will also be integral in assisting the CEO with corporate communications and shareholder relations. 

US suggests need for broader conflict diamond definition, due diligence for responsible sourcing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 The Kimberley Process (KP) intercessional, which will take place from June 18 to 22 in Antwerp, Belgium, will focus on proposed reforms in the certification system to help achieve ambitious goals in the global diamond industry. This year, the European Union is chairing the KP and India is serving... 

Petra Diamonds shareholders back rights issue

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 Shareholders in mining company Petra Diamonds on Wednesday approved a rights issue to raise about $170-million to help cut its debt burden, driving the share price around 5% higher. The company, which has suffered setbacks in Tanzania as well as production delays and strikes, had said there was a... 

Angola's top diamond mine says underpricing has cost it almost $500m

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Angola's Catoca, the world's fifth largest diamond mine, estimates it lost $464-million over the past six years due to a government-imposed marketing system that obliged it to sell production below international prices, a company presentation seen by Reuters showed. The figure was presented... 

Zimbabwe Parliament drops call for Mugabe to answer questions on diamond mines

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Zimbabwe's parliament on Monday backed down from its demand for former President Robert Mugabe to answer questions related to diamond mining operations during his time in office. In what would have been his first public appearance since being ousted in a de facto military coup in November,... 

BlueRock expects improved performance as it rectifies Kareevlei cone crusher issue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds and an independent engineering consultant have evaluated the crushing circuit at the Kareevlei mine, in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape.  

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2018 Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant is engaging with companies on local value-addition opportunities in zinc and platinum-catalysed fuel cells, and would like mining companies to make these and other locally mined commodities available at developmental prices to facilitate... 

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant (right) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

Diamond industry longevity on the line

By: Paige Müller     11th June 2018 The implementation of enabling mining policies by government is key in safeguarding the South African diamond industry from further decline and a worrying contraction, says Global Diamond Network consultant and industry heavyweight Dr John Bristow. Bristow states that the local diamond mining... 

Diamond industry longevity on the line
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH High quality rough gemstone diamonds mined from an alluvial diamond deposit in Northern Cape province

Alrosa sells $288m of diamonds in May

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa Group sold $288-million worth of rough and polished diamonds in May. Rough diamond sales amounted to $277.5-million and polished diamond sales to $10.5-million. 

Technological advancements unlock midwater mining

By: Paige Müller     8th June 2018 Using effective, remote marine mining tools that can handle rugged and uneven midwater terrains has placed abundant midwater diamond deposits within reach of small-scale mining operations, says local diamond exploration company Mza Diamond Resources CEO Willem Steenkamp. He notes that geologists... 

Technological advancements unlock midwater mining
BULK SAMPLING PROGRAMME Mza Diamond Resources plans to conduct a bulk sampling programme to establish the grade and volume of resources in marine diamond area 7B

Beneficiation industry declines amid restrictive legislative environment, training dearth

By: Paige Müller     8th June 2018 The South African diamond beneficiation market is no longer globally competitive, says rough and polished diamonds and precious stones trading association World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernest Blom. He tells Mining Weekly that the local diamond beneficiation industry has “shrunk... 

Beneficiation industry  declines amid restrictive legislative environment, training dearth
COSTLY CARATS South African diamond polishers process diamonds at a cost per carat rate that is four times more expensive than that of global competitors

Diamond industry longevity on the line

By: Paige Müller     8th June 2018 The implementation of enabling mining policies by government is key in safeguarding the South African diamond industry from further decline and a worrying contraction, says Global Diamond Network consultant and industry heavyweight Dr John Bristow. Bristow states that the local diamond mining... 

Diamond industry longevity on the line
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH High quality rough gemstone diamonds mined from an alluvial diamond deposit in Northern Cape province

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal at Venetia diamond mine 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 Diamond-mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has concluded the process of selecting six local black economic empowerment (BEE) partners as part of an impressive R600-million-to-R700-million, eight-year transport empowerment initiative at the Venetia diamond mine in South Africa’s... 

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal  at Venetia diamond mine
De Beers Consolidated Mines Senior Manager for Enterprise and Supplier Development Gregory Petersen spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Russian diamond miner announces auctions and award of high sustainability ranking

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2018 Russian diamond mining major Alrosa announced on Thursday that it would hold auctions in Hong Kong and Vladivostok for large rough diamonds. The Hong Kong auction will start on June 13 and will run until June 27. The Vladivostok auction would start on June 18 and conclude on June 29. In both... 

Botswana Diamonds to buy BCL's stake in exploration project

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Botswana Diamonds (BoD) wants to buy liquidated BCL Mine's shares in a diamonds exploration joint venture project, its managing director said on Thursday. BCL mine group, which has been under liquidation since 2016, is selling its 51% stake in Maibwe Diamonds for an undisclosed amount. 

World Diamond Council’s System of Warranties open for public review

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 The World Diamond Council (WDC) System of Warranties (SoW) has entered a public review period following the completion of an industry review. The SoW review and reform process is part of the WDC’s strategic plan and is intended to help industry participants better implement and demonstrate their... 

Kimberley's illegal miners to get mining permits

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 Hundreds of artisanal and illegal miners in Kimberley in the Northern Cape will on Thursday receive mining permits from the Department of Mineral Resources.  Deputy minister of mineral resources Godfrey Oliphant will hand over two mining permits to artisanal miners, also known as Zama Zamas, in... 

Plan for mining community development levy scrapped

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 South Africa’s government has scrapped plans to compel mining companies to contribute 1% of their annual turnover to a new community development agency because it feared the funds could be abused, the nation’s mining minister said. The levy was proposed in a draft of the nation’s new Mining... 

Angola to change diamond sector to attract investment – Lourenço

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 Angola will make changes to how its secretive diamond industry works in order to attract more investment, increase production and secure higher government revenue, President João Lourenço said on a visit to Antwerp, Belgium. Africa's second-largest crude producer is trying to open up and... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
Photo by Dylan Slater
CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Botswana Diamonds awarded Mooikloof prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has been awarded a prospecting licence for the 2.5 ha Mooikloof diamondiferous kimberlite pipe concession, in Limpopo, South Africa.  

Botswana Diamonds awarded Mooikloof prospect
Botswana Diamonds CEO John Teeling

DPE probes Gupta-linked Alexkor for environmental law compliance

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 The Department of Public Enterprises is investigating whether state-owned mining company Alexkor, which had links with the infamous Gupta family, complies with environmental legislation. This has emerged in Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan's answer to a parliamentary question by DA... 

BK16 diamond parcels delivered to Lucara lab for cleaning

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has delivered the first two parcels of diamonds from its BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa Kimberlite Field, in Botswana, to Lucara Diamond’s acid cleaning laboratory, in Gaborone, for cleaning. The parcels comprise 101 diamonds weighing 18.57 ct and 130... 

Botswana central bank urges tax reform before diamonds dwindle

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2018 Botswana’s central bank has urged the government to overhaul the southern African nation’s tax regime and prepare the economy for declining contributions from diamonds. Botswana relies on the gemstones for almost a fifth of its gross domestic product and used the revenue generated from sales to... 

Mkango begins major drilling programme at Songwe

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources has started a major diamond drilling programme at its Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. The drilling programme, the Canadian mineral exploration and development company explained, is a key component of the feasibility study for Songwe, which is... 

Zimbabwe removes requirement for foreign mines to list locally

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Zimbabwe's Parliament has passed amendments to the mining bill after removing clauses that required foreign mining companies to list locally, according to an official record of Parliament's debates seen on Friday. Mines Minister Winston Chitando had last month promised to remove the requirements,... 

Mining, industrial contracts for ELB in SA and abroad

By: Nadine James     1st June 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) announced last week that it had been awarded the drying system for the M.V. Grand Banks life extension project for marine mining company De Beers Marine. Additionally, the company noted that it had completed train loading station (TLS) and stacker projects for the... 

Mining, industrial contracts for ELB in SA and abroad
STACK THE DECK ELB’s multidisciplinary approach has led to a range of mining and industrial projects in the last year

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning
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