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Anglo finds returns outweigh risks as it renews Africa focus 

By: Bloomberg     7th November 2018 Anglo American is going where larger rivals fear to tread, returning to its African roots to tap mineral assets with compelling returns. The storied mining company, founded by Ernest Oppenheimer in Johannesburg a century ago, is devoting a third of its exploration budget to the continent,... 

Canadians invited to participate in De Beers' Shining Light Awards as entries open

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th November 2018 The De Beers Group Designers Initiative is inviting jewellery designers to participate in the 2018/19 Shining Light Awards, which will, for the first time, be open to Canadian participants. The latest edition of this biannual jewellery design competition, which has existed for over 22 years in... 

Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT sorting growing

2nd November 2018 X-ray transmission (XRT) technology has ushered in a new era for diamond recovery, with an increasing number of mining companies embracing the technology and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies, such as dense-media separation, for the treatment of middle- and coarse-sized... 

Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT  sorting growing
A NEW ERA Mining companies are embracing new technology for diamond recovery and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies

Alrosa starts mining at new 1.8m ct/y deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     31st October 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has marked the official start of diamond mining operations at the Verkhne-Munskoye diamond field, which will produce about 1.8-million carats a year for the next 20 years, replacing capacity from the flooded Mir mine. Verkhne-Munskoye will be using the processing... 

Gem to build $3m plant to test tech that identifies diamonds within kimberlite ore

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 In line with its strategy of the early detection of large diamonds and reducing diamond damage, LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has approved the construction of a $3-million pilot plant, at Letšeng, in Lesotho, that will use innovative technology to identify diamonds within kimberlite ore and... 

Firestone reports lower q/q output, sales for Q1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds recovered 240 733 ct of diamonds at a grade of 23.8 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) from its Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho, during the quarter ended September 30 – the first quarter of its 2019 financial year This compares with the 263 512 ct recovered at a grade of... 

Alrosa joins De Beers’ blockchain traceability pilot

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has joined the Tracr diamond industry blockchain traceability platform that fellow miner De Beers is developing. Alrosa’s involvement brings the world’s two largest diamond producers together in the pilot programme that aims to provide enhanced assurance for... 

Saskatchewan diamond mine gains provincial approval

By: Mariaan Webb     29th October 2018 The Star Diamond Corporation has received environmental approval from the Saskatchewan government for its Star-Orion South project, near Prince Albert. The project already has a positive federal environmental assessment decision in the bag. 

Reutech Mining plans to expand product range

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Mining technology and geotechnical slope-stability-monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining plans to expand its product range in 2019, says executive manager Jan de Beer. The company provides equipment that can assist in real-time monitoring of the mine walls in opencast mines to provide... 

Reutech Mining  plans to expand  product range
QUICK SCAN The Reutech Mining Movement and Surveying Radar is the fastest scanning real aperture radar capable of detecting submillimeter movement of up to 4 000 m away from the rock face

South Africa’s IDC invests R100m in Lucapa’s Lesotho mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has secured a R100-million development facility from the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) for its Mothae kimberlite diamond mine, in Lesotho. The facility will span a four-year period, and will include a 12-month moratorium on capital... 

De Beers’ rough diamond production down 5% in Q3

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 De Beers Group on Tuesday reported that its rough diamond production had decreased by 5% to 8.7-million carats in the third quarter ended September 30, owing to planned volume reductions in Botswana and South Africa. In Botswana, production declined by 6% to 5.7-million carats owing to the... 

De Beers’ rough diamond production down 5% in Q3

Lucara to hold first sale through Clara digital sales platform

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamond Corp will hold the first diamond sale through its 100%-owned digital sales platform, Clara Diamond Solutions, in November. It has invited a select group of large vertically integrated jewellery houses and global diamond manufacturers to participate in the sale. 

Petra delivers sound Q1 production

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2018 London-listed Petra Diamonds achieved a solid operational performance in the three months ended September 30 – the first quarter of its 2019 financial year. Production for the period increased by 21% year-on-year to 1.07-million carats, mainly as a result of a 25% increase in run-of-mine... 

Lucapa starts commissioning at Mothae

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has started commissioning of the 1.1-million tonne a year treatment plant at its Mothae kimberlite diamond mine, in Lesotho. First commercial diamond recoveries are slated for early November.  

Why a no-deal Brexit risks freezing London's diamond trade

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2018 The UK has warned that a no-deal Brexit risks London being frozen out of the global diamond trade. Britain is a member of the Kimberley Process, the global certification program used to track and prevent the trade of conflict gems, through its European Union membership. The country will need to... 

Mountain Province says recent diamond sale netted $24.2m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Toronto-based miner Mountain Province has netted $24.2-million from the sale of 366 505 ct in its most recent diamond sale, which the company says is in line with its expectations. The sale, held on October 5, realised an average value of $66/ct. 

De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future 

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94-million factory in Portland, Oregon, an... 

De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 As the economic mood in the global mining industry turns towards the better, SRK Consulting’s Accra office, in Ghana, has been making inroads into new markets in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, SRK Ghana country manager John Kwofie noted in a release last week. He believes that there is potential for... 

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets
JOHN KWOFIE The Ghana office is a springboard to other countries in the region

Getting Africa fit for the future requires good governance – Africa Forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2018 Law firm Hogan Lovells Africa head and partner Andrew Skipper on Thursday opened the firm’s Africa Forum conference by stating that, in Africa, there is a combination of optimism and scepticism, but stressed that the available opportunities were enormous. “Currency, corruption and certainty need... 

Getting Africa fit for the future requires good governance – Africa Forum
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale

South African slump batters smaller neighbours protecting rand peg

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2018 South Africans aren’t the only ones struggling through the country’s economic slump. The fortunes of Lesotho, Namibia, and eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, are beholden to developments in their larger neighbor with their exchange rates pegged to the rand, the worst-performing major currency... 

Vast Resources, Botswana Diamonds receive preliminary geological assessment on Marange JV

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources, together with Botswana Diamonds (BOD), have received an independent competent person’s preliminary geological assessment relating to the Heritage concession within the Marange diamond fields of Zimbabwe, in which specific exploration recommendations were made. As... 

De Beers reports steady demand for its rough diamonds 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 Diamond miner De Beers Group on Tuesday announced that it had sold $475-million worth of rough diamonds during the eighth sales cycle of this year. This is lower than the $503-million worth of diamonds sold in the seventh cycle of the year, but higher than the $376-million worth of diamonds sold... 

De Beers reports steady demand for its rough diamonds
De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the upcoming event. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Darlene Creamer

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Dollar shortage 'short-term problem' for miners in Zimbabwe – Minister

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 A dollar shortage that has sparked outrage from mining companies operating in Zimbabwe is a "short-term problem" that will be remedied by a stronger economy, the mines minister told Reuters. Zimbabwe is suffering acute shortages of US dollars, deterring foreign capital from helping the ailing... 

RioZim to sue central bank over dollar payments

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Zimbabwe's gold miner RioZim on Tuesday said it would take legal action to force the central bank to pay it in US dollars for part of its output, signalling impatience by mining companies over acute dollar shortages afflicting the economy. The shortages have worsened since 2016 and are the... 

Alrosa finds 28.59ct yellow diamond

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa subsidiary AlmazyAnabara has extracted a large 28.59-ct rough diamond of deep greenish-yellow hue – its largest yellow rough diamond for the year. The diamond was discovered at Ebelyakh placer deposit in July. 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

BlueRock seeks to improve Kareevlei profitability with proposed upgrades

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds will, subject to funding, invest in further improvements at its mining operation, plant and necessary personnel at the Kareevlei diamond mine, in the Northern Cape, to increase the capacity and efficiency of the operation. The proposed investment is expected to... 

Alrosa reports record throughput at Almazy Anabara unit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2018 Almazy Anabara, a subsidiary of Russian State-miner Alrosa, has exceeded its production target by 9%, delivering a record mining throughput in the 2018 washing season, with 5.4-million carats having been minded. The 2018 washing season lasted from May to September. 

Manufacturer focuses on developing larger vibrating screening equipment

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Screening machines are becoming larger and heavier because the ongoing trend in the mining industry globally is to increase tonnage output while maintaining efficiency, said original-equipment supplier and manufacturer of custom-designed vibrating equipment Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin at Electra... 

Manufacturer focuses on developing larger vibrating screening equipment
BEAST Kwatani chose South African national rugby player Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira as its brand ambassador for these larger screen machines

DBCM, partners invest R27m in upgrading primary school near Voorspoed mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 De Beers Group has, through its De Beers Fund, partnered with the Free State Department of Education and Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) to invest R27-million on the construction of a school in its labour sending area community of Maokeng, in Kroonstad. The construction of Phuleng primary school,... 

Botswana Diamonds, Vast firm up Marange concession development partnership

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2018 Explorer Botswana Diamonds has concluded an agreement with mining and resource development company Vast Resources for the development of its concessions in the prolific Marange Diamond Fields (MDF) of eastern Zimbabwe.  A separate agreement will cover the joint development of diamond properties... 

Rio is hunting deals, discoveries for 'beautiful' diamonds unit

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Two of the world’s top diamonds producers are both shopping for deals, with Rio Tinto following De Beers in hunting for projects to replace aging operations and position for an improving global market outlook. Rio is actively looking for more acquisitions after making a small investment in a... 

Stornoway announces C$129m financing package

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Quebec diamond miner Stornoway has announced a series of financing transactions, totalling $129-million, with lenders and key stakeholders to provide greater financial and operational flexibility. The financing package is made up of a deferral of certain loan principal repayments for a 24-month... 

Stornoway announces C$129m financing package
Stornoway CEO Matt Manson

Alrosa’s Hong Kong large diamond sale yields $10.7m

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd October 2018 Russia's Alrosa has sold 136 gem-quality diamonds, with a total weight of 2 234 ct, for $10.7-million at an auction in Hong Kong. The sale included 25 fancy yellow diamonds, weighing 440 ct. 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
Photo by Creamer Media
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

Rio unveils three large diamonds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto and its joint venture partner Dominion Diamond Mines have revealed three of the finest large rough diamonds from the Diavik mine, in Canada, that will be up for tender, closing on October 25. Collectively known as the Diavik Stars of the Arctic, the three rough... 

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