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Diamonds News

SA jewellery sector must consolidate

By: System Author     1st December 2000 The fragmentation of the South African jewellery industry remains the single biggest hurdle in the development of the country’s platinum jewellery sector. 

Deeper pockets red-taped

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Editorial 

A technical breakthrough in shallow-marine gem-mining

By: System Author     17th November 2000 In a new venture to improve the recovery rate in high-grade shallow areas, diamond-mining group Trans Hex has commissioned a shallow-water mining tool. 

Meet the new ‘CEO’ of Bafokeng inc

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Bafokeng will diversify income, says new ‘CEO’ 

Prospecting success with airborne technology

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The world’s largest mining company, Anglo American, is having significant exploration success with its proprietary electromagnetic prospecting system, Spectrem. 

We’re out of here

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Editorial 

The 75% platinum expansion

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Anglo Platinum has announced an expansion of its platinum production from the 1999 calendar year base of some 2-million ounces to 3,5-million ounces by the end of calendar year 2006. 

Jewellery hub hopes to obtain industrial development zone status

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The R65-million African Gold Zone adjacent to Rand Refinery in Germiston, East Rand, is receiving heavyweight support from Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin, who pledges to “back the development to the hilt”. 

World congress on platinum future in SA next month

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The second biennial World Platinum Congress will be held on November 15 and 16 in Johannesburg. 

The African Gold Zone, Gauteng

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Africa’s first internationally competitive gold jewellery manufacturing facility – The African Gold Zone – is to be established on Rand Refinery property near Johannesburg 

How diamond giant will spend its cash pile

By: System Author     8th September 2000 While the much-maligned De Beers diamond stockpile had shrunk healthily by June to $2,7-billion, there is now another stockpile weighing down the company’s balance sheet – cash has swelled to more than $2-billion. 

America: A diamond’s best friend

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Americans will consume half the diamonds sold this year, but will De Beers remain an American outlaw? 

Minister on ‘war diamond’ monitoring board

By: System Author     11th August 2000 An international monitoring council could soon be in place to curb the international trade in ‘conflict diamonds’, reports Department of Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. 

Jewellery needs try-babies, not cry-babies

By: System Author     11th August 2000 The single biggest barrier to the growth of the South African jewellery industry is the attitude of many of those involved in the industry. 

A jewellery-manufacturing engine in the making

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Harmony 

World’s ‘Saudi Arabia’ of diamonds

By: System Author     4th August 2000 Orapa’s growth is entrenching Botswana’s position as the ‘Saudi Arabia’ of the diamond world. 

Escaping the cartel cocoon

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Bit-by-bit, a new De Beers is beginning to break free from its cartel cocoon. 

First mass-market jewellery brand

By: System Author     28th July 2000 The first mass-market jewellery brand is on the way. Driving it will be the world’s largest gold company and its new jewellery satellite. 

Editorial/Cartoon

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Editorial 

Editorial/Cartoon

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Editorial 

Editorial/Cartoon

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Editorial 

Democracy & Diamonds

By: System Author     22nd June 2000 Democracy the way to beat the ‘dirty diamond’ image 

Diamond Act review imminent

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The review of the Diamond Act of 1986 is expected to be published for public comment before the end of this month. 

Conflict diamonds a source of concern

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

Buying a diamond with confidence

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

17,8% increase in employment

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

600 000 carats is the target

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

Process plant pump for diamond-exploration company

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

Diamond-miner pinning hopes on new technology

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Alluvial and marine diamond-mining in South Africa appears to be regaining its sparkle, judging by the performance of Cape diamond-mining company Trans Hex in the last financial year. 

Polishing up on diamond skills

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Mining education & training 

The story of Namibian mining

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Namibia had 37 producing mines in 1998 – the most recent year for which full statistics are available – earning more than R2-billion in exports sales. 

Koffiefontein

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Mine 

Great gold designs by locals

By: System Author     26th May 2000 More than six kilograms of gold from Anglogold was used to create the 34 winning pieces entered into the Riches of Africa 2000 gold-jewellery design competition. 

Gold being linked to fashion

By: System Author     19th May 2000 International mining company Anglogold has spread its golden touch to downstream market activities to ensure the precious metal remains one of the most sought-after commodities in the twenty-first century. 

Namibia opens its ‘forbidden area’ for new exploration

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Namibia has opened its famed ‘forbidden area’, the spergebied, for exploration for all minerals. 

Ship out, diving unit in

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Cape diamond-mining company Trans Hex has, through its merger with Benguela Concessions, significantly expanded its resource base to include Benco’s sea concessions in both South African and Namibian waters and promising land leases in the Saxendrift area on the Northern Cape –Namibia... 

What diamonds and vodka have in common

By: System Author     5th May 2000 The spirit of glasnost, which has gripped the world’s leading diamond producer since the ascendance of Nicky Oppenheimer and Gary Ralfe to the helm, continues uninterrupted. 

Diamond exploration cut back and focused

By: System Author     5th May 2000 The world’s leading diamond-miner, De Beers, has rationalised its exploration activities, but is still active on six continents. 

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