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Venetia contributing significantly to SA

By: Carina Borralho Over its life-of-mine, the De Beers-owned Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo will create significant direct and indirect economic benefits, along with long-term employment and procurement opportunities, says the diamond producer. This project, which represents De Beers’ largest-ever investment in... 

Venetia diamond mine – an overview

Diamond producer De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine, which officially opened on August 14, 1992, is currently the largest producer of diamonds in South Africa and accounts for about 40% of the country’s total yearly diamond production. While the mine is currently an openpit operation, work started in... 

Venetia will impact positively on investor confidence

By: Carina Borralho The Limpopo-based Venetia diamond expansion project, owned by diversified mining major Anglo American subsidiary De Beers, is a significant boost for the South African mining industry as a whole, as it signals both companies’ confidence in the future of the country, says mining consultancy The... 

Botswana remains focused on diamonds

By: Carina Borralho Botswana has focused on its diamond mines and the wealth generated from those mines over the last 40 years, says diamond producer Lucara Diamonds. The company adds that the Botswana government has taken steps to develop a sustainable diamond industry by establishing several cutting factories in... 

Botswana remains focused on diamonds
FOCUSING ON PROFITS Lucara Diamonds plans to process more than 2.3-million tonnes, with associated diamond recoveries and sales of between 400 000 ct and 420 000 ct

Discovering diamonds in Cape Town

By: Carina Borralho There has been an increase in attendance at the Cape Town Diamond Museum, owing to the growing numbers of visitors to Cape Town in general and the museum’s own marketing activities, says Cape Town Diamond Museum founder Yair Shimansky. The Cape Town Diamond Museum is a non-profit organisation... 

Discovering diamonds in Cape Town
SHOWCASING KNOWLEDGE AND BEAUTY The perfectly situated Cape Town Diamond Museum provides an opportunity for South Africans and tourists to witness the three-billion-year-old story of the diamond unfold

Future of diamond industry bright, says producer

By: Carina Borralho The global diamond industry is continuing to gain momentum, as there is a global scarcity of high-quality gem diamonds, which is diamond developer Rockwell Diamond’s market niche. In terms of the supply and demand fundamentals, the diamond industry outlook is, therefore, positive for the midtier... 

Future of diamond industry bright, says producer

Specialist consultancy on the prospects of diamond mining

By: Carina Borralho Despite the high costs involved in, and the long lead time needed for exploring for diamonds, they will become an increasingly rare and valuable commodity and hence one worth investing in if you do it right, says mining industry specialist consultancy, the MSA Group. “We encourage companies and... 

Ukwazi Group

By: Samantha Moolman Though classified as a medium-sized mine planning and engineering consultancy, Gauteng-based Ukwazi Group remains the largest independent and focused mine planning and engineering services provider in Africa. Ukwazi specialises in the use and interpretation of various mine planning software... 

Ukwazi Group

De Beers’ R20bn investment to increase workforce at Venetia by 3 000

By: Anine Vermeulen South Africa’s largest diamond producer, the opencast Venetia operation, in Limpopo, will increase its workforce by 3 000 employees in the next seven years, owing to owner De Beers South Africa’s R20-billion investment, announced in October. The investment will be used to extend the life of the... 

Diamond mine reduces on-site fuel consumption

By: Anine Vermeulen Diamond producer De Beers South Africa, which is 85%-owned by British mining major Anglo American, achieved a 6% reduction in fuel consumption this year at its Limpopo-based opencast Venetia diamond mine, owing to the use of lighter-weight bowls in its mining trucks. Speaking at the launch of the... 

Venetia retains environmental compliance through self-regulation

By: Anine Vermeulen Diamond producer De Beers’ Limpopo-based Venetia mine has retained its ISO 14001 environmental certificate after the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Mapungubwe National Park, was audited in June. Venetia mine environmental manager Gavin Anderson states that Venetia has... 

Conflict diamonds a challenge in Africa

By: Anine Vermeulen Conflict diamonds are still a major issue in Africa, particularly in Côte d’Ivoire, the Central African Republic and Zimbabwe, says Global Witness diamond campaigner Emily Armistead. “In Côte d’Ivoire the [diamond] trade is currently illegal. However, for diamonds from Zimbabwe, which is... 

Diamond-cutting and -polishing industry in distress

By: Anine Vermeulen The South African diamond cutting and polishing industry is in distress, states World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernie Blom, pointing out that 20 years ago, the industry had 4 500 polishers; currently, there are fewer than 600. Blom notes that to bring the industry back to its former... 

Investment diamond industry growing

By: Anine Vermeulen Investment diamonds are the most stable commodity in South Africa, states bespoke jewellery store Platandia director Rob Burton, adding that investment diamonds withstood the 2008 economic downturn and are a good currency hedge. Burton notes that the price of investment diamonds, which are each... 

Sensor-based rock sorting alleviates challenges

By: Anine Vermeulen Recent advances in the automated sensor-based sorting set of technologies enable diamond producers to enjoy the environmental and economic advantages that are becoming increasingly helpful in a harsh economic climate. Sensor-based sorting is a rock-by-rock analysis system that scans each... 

Alluvial diamond mining not as risky as industry believes

By: Yolandi Booyens There is a false perception in the marketplace and among investors that it is risky to invest in alluvial diamond mining companies, as the exact location of alluvial diamond deposits cannot be determined before extraction, says alluvial diamond mining company Rockwell Diamonds CEO James Campbell. 

Diamonds boost company’s sales into Africa

By: Yolandi Booyens An increase in global demand for diamonds is one of the reasons behind local crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec’s expansion into Africa despite spiralling mining costs.  

First diamonds from new processing plant

First diamonds have been recovered from diamond company Octéa’s Koidu diamond mine expansion project in Sierra Leone, during the commissioning stage of the new 180 t/h processing plant. 

South Africa’s diamond industry no longer sparkling

By: Yolandi Booyens The South African diamond industry faces serious challenges upstream and downstream, where job creation, wealth creation and the beneficiation of raw diamonds are not concerns for regulatory authorities, says diamond polishing company African Romance CEO Mohseen Moosa. 

Synthetic diamonds do not pose a significant threat

By: Yolandi Booyens Synthetic diamonds do not pose a serious threat to South Africa’s diamond industry owing to the value placed on natural stones and the common public misconception that synthetic diamonds such as Cubic Zirconia and Moissanite are fake. says diamond and gemstone grading and certification laboratory... 

We wish the Kimberley Process well – Global Witness

By: Yolandi Booyens International nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Global Witness in December last year announced its departure from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KP) and reveals to Mining Weekly that it does not believe the right questions were asked when clearance from the scheme was awarded to... 

African partnership driving development forward

By: Natalie Greve The Debswana-owned Jwaneng diamond mine will be entering its thirtieth year of operation in 2012. 

Botswana diamond mine expansion due for completion in March 2012

By: Natalie Greve Phase 3, the final stage of the Jwaneng Cut-8 expansion project in Botswana, is progressing on schedule and is due for completion in March 2012, says Debswana deputy MD Steve Axcell. 

Dust suppression treatment installation nearing completion

By: Natalie Greve Dust management technology provider Benmarc’s chemical treatment system for dust suppression at the Cut 8 expansion project at opencast diamond mine Jwaneng, in Botswana, is in the final stage of its commissioning process. 

Production at diamond mine unaffected by $3-billion project

By: Natalie Greve Jwaneng, one of the world’s most profitable diamond mines, has continued to operate at full capacity as it nears the end of ongoing construction, infrastructure and demolition activities aimed at expanding the operation and accessing 91-million tons of ore that will yield about 102-million carats... 

Diamond demand overtaking diamond supply

By: Jessica Hannah Demand for diamonds is overtaking supply, as the number of low-grade orebodies increase, and diamond-mining group Petra Diamonds CEO Johan Dippenaar believes that, as a result, supply will become more difficult to maintain at historic volumes. 

Diamond exploration company starts reconnaissance programme in Cameroon

Diamond exploration and project development company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) has started a reconnaissance exploration programme on its diamond exploration licence in eastern Cameroon, in April. 

Diamond miner starts phase one of diamond mine, Botswana 

By: Jessica Hannah London-listed Gem Diamonds started phase one of the construction of its Gope diamond project, in Botswana, in May. 

Diamond miner’s feasibility study nearly one-third complete

By: Jessica Hannah Diamond miner De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) reports it is one-third complete with its feasibility study for the R10-billion underground expansion of its Venetia mine, in Limpopo. 

Diamond mining and exploration company complete first 2011 diamond sale

Diamond mining and exploration company Firestone Diamonds has completed its first 2011 diamond sale from its Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho, and its BK11 mine, in Botswana. 

Diamonds leading the way to a new national prosperity 

The advent of diamond mining kimberlite pipes in Sierra Leone’s interior holds the promise of helping to deliver a new era of economic prosperity to a country that has now fully shaken off the impact of civil war, says diamond mining company Koidu Holdings Societe Anonyme CEO Jan Joubert. 

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