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Mbazima urges immediate dialogue on rail, port expansion

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2018 South Africa’s ability to revitalise crucial infrastructure, especially rail and port networks, is among the key actions needed to bring investment back into the South African mining industry, Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima said on Monday. Speaking on first day of... 

CoM sees resurgence in hope, green shoots in South African mining industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th February 2018 There is new sense of hope in the mining industry and in South Africa, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Roger Baxter. “It gives us a new confidence that a resurgence is taking place in the industry for the year ahead,” said Baxter, who spoke at a media briefing at the Investing in African Mining... 

CoM sees resurgence in hope, green shoots in South African mining industry
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

Gem upbeat about number of large diamonds being recovered at Letšeng

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds' CEO Clifford Elphick is pleased that the improvement in the recovery of greater than 100 ct diamonds at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, has continued into this year. "This is largely attributable to the ongoing technical improvements made at the Letšeng mine," he said on... 

BlueRock to defend itself against potential liquidation application

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd February 2018 Aim-listed diamond mining company BlueRock Diamonds says it has received notice that its former CEO Riaan Visser, and certain companies controlled by him, intend to apply to place the company's operating Kimberley-based subsidiary, Kareevlei Mining, in provisional liquidation.  The company has... 

Lucapa completes first sale of the year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2018 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company and its partners Empresa Nacional de Diamantes and Rosas & Petalas have completed the first sale for 2018 from the Lulo diamond project in Angola, for this year. The sale of 4 170 ct of Lulo diamonds achieved proceeds of $9.14-million, representing an exceptional... 

Coloured gemstones market poised to increase from $2bn to R10bn in next decade

By: Nadine James     2nd February 2018 Diamonds are not rising in value, observes market commenting platform Safehaven, adding that better value could be derived from coloured stones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires. The organisation notes that gemstone prices, which have been increasing steadily in the last decade, could... 

Coloured gemstones market poised to increase  from $2bn to R10bn in next decade
GOING GREEN Emeralds and other gemstones may displace diamonds in future

Angola’s diamond sector expanding with Russian help

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 Angola’s Sociedade Mineira de Catoca (Catoca Mining Company) is expecting to produce seven million carats of diamonds this year. This was stated by company GM Sergei Amelin, the Macauhub news agency reported. He was speaking in the city of Saurimo, which is the capital of Lunda Sul province,... 

Stellar Diamonds receives buyout offer

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2018 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds is in advanced negotiations regarding a possible share offer for the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of the company by Australian exploration company Newfield Resources (NWF). Under the terms of the offer, Stellar's shareholders and the holders of rights... 

Pangolin starts drill programme at Botswana diamond projects

By: Anine Kilian     1st February 2018 TSX-listed Pangolin Diamonds has started a drill programme at its wholly-owned Malatswae and Moenyenana diamond projects, in Botswana. Drill results are expected to be announced by the end of the second quarter once analysed and confirmed by a qualified laboratory. 

Botswana's rough diamond exports fell 17% last year

By: Reuters     30th January 2018 Botswana's rough diamond exports fell by 17% in 2017 to 36.03-billion pula ($4-billion) due to weak demand in the second half of the year, central bank data showed on Tuesday. Diamond production in Botswana is predominantly from Debswana, an equal partnership between government and Anglo... 

Industry restocking boosts De Beers’ cycle one rough diamond sales

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2018 Diamond miner De Beers achieved an “encouraging” sales performance in the first sales cycle of this year, with industry restocking contributing to increased demand for rough diamonds. The company sold $665-million worth of diamonds in the sales cycle, compared with sales of $445-million in the... 

Industry restocking boosts De Beers’ cycle one rough diamond sales

Mountain Province to buy exploration-spinout Kennady Diamonds for C$176m

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2018 TSX- and Nasdaq-listed diamond producer Mountain Province Diamonds has signed a definitive arrangement agreement whereby it will buy its exploration spinout Kennady Diamonds in an all-scrip deal worth about C$176-million, the companies announced on Monday. News of the transaction buoyed Kennady's... 

Mountain Province to buy exploration-spinout Kennady Diamonds for C$176m
Photo by Kennady Diamonds
Kennady North project, Northwest Territories

Petra delivers record production but stifled by Tanzania blockage

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 In the six months to December 31, LSE-listed Petra Diamonds saw a 10% production increase to 2.2-million carats across its operations, which was in line with guidance. This represented record production for any six-month period for the company. 

Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2018 After a two-year procrastination, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has approved 16 prospecting licence applications submitted by De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM). The licences are all in the Kimberley area of the Northern Cape, where DBCM began mining diamonds 130 years ago. (Also... 

Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers
De Beers Consolidated Mines CEO Phillip Barton talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Alrosa to decide Mir mine future before privatisation

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Russian State-controlled diamond miner Alrosa needs to decide what to do with its Mir mine mine after last year’s flooding incident before its privatisation plans come back on the agenda, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev said on Friday. Russia does not plan to reduce its stake in... 

Alrosa CEO, Angolan President discuss Catoca shareholding

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2018 Alrosa CEO Sergey Ivanov and Angolan President João Lourenço this week held their second meeting to discuss issues related to the closing of the transaction to increase Alrosa's shareholding in Catoca Mining to 41%. "Recently, we have seen positive changes related to increasing of transparency... 

Alrosa CEO, Angolan President discuss Catoca shareholding

SA mining will perform relatively well – DMR

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Improving commodity prices and upward trends in global demand, especially from major South African trading partners, are expected to reinvigorate the mining industry, enabling it to perform relatively well throughout 2018, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) states. The DMR notes that with... 

Group aims to increase brand awareness at Mining Indaba

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 South African industrial group Torre Industries is exhibiting at the 2018 Investing In African Mining Indaba with the aim of increasing the group’s brand awareness among local and international mining industry players. The JSE-listed group has nine business units across three segments: parts and... 

Group aims to increase brand awareness at  Mining Indaba
JON HILLARY There are numerous growth opportunities within the existing business units as well as in peripheral businesses around Torre’s current subsidiaries

Major mining software previewed at Indaba

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Mining software company MICROMINE will provide previews of its major product releases – Geobank 2018 and Micromine 2018 – at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. The company will showcase its entire... 

Major mining software previewed at Indaba
PITRAM SOFTWARE Micromine launched a new version of Pitram in October 2017

Brazilian group sells stake in Angola diamond mine to help pay fines

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th January 2018 The sale of Brazilian group Odebrecht’s 16.4% stake in Angolan diamond mining company Sociedade Mineira de Catoca (Catoca Mining Company) to, and its redistribution between, the mine’s two main shareholders, has been approved by Angolan President João Lourenço. He signed the decree authorising... 

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 State-owned financial services provider Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) is keen to deepen partnerships with South African exporters who offer their capital goods and services in international and emerging markets, including in Africa.  

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba
PAUL MOJALEFA PAUL MOJALEFA The Export Credit Insurance Corporation will exhibit to further promote and position its brand in the mining sector

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 With commodity prices improving and the mining industry moving towards positive growth, indications are that participants at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2018 will experience the “return of investor appetite” first hand, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose.  This renewed investor interest... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

Alrosa aims to sell 40m carats of diamonds in 2018

By: Reuters     25th January 2018 Alrosa could sell around 40-million carats of diamonds in 2018 provided market conditions are favourable, the Russian State-controlled diamond miner said on Thursday. The world's largest producer of rough diamonds has said it expects production to fall in 2018 due to an accident at its Mir mine... 

De Beers ups year-on-year production by 22%

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2018 Buoyed by stronger trading conditions and a contribution from the ramp up of its Canada-based Gahcho Kué mine in the fourth quarter of 2017, diamond giant De Beers increased its total rough diamond production for the year by 22% to 33.5-million, boosted by a 5% increase in production in the... 

De Beers ups year-on-year production by 22%
De Beers' Canada-based Gahcho Kué mine

Botswana Diamonds to undertake further geological work at Limpopo project

By: Simone Liedtke     25th January 2018 Further geological work will be conducted at diamond exploration and project development company Botswana Diamonds’ Thorny River project, in Limpopo, to further refine grade and revenue estimates and extend volume estimates.  

Alrosa appoints director for soon-to-be-opened Indian office

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2018 Diamond mining company Alrosa has appointed Jim Vimadalal, who previously worked at the Indian offices of Rio Tinto and Swarovski, as director of its representative office in Mumbai. The Indian office is scheduled to open in March. 

Côte d'Ivoire mining sector turnover rose 11.5% in 2017

By: Reuters     25th January 2018 Côte d'Ivoire's mining sector turnover rose by 11.5% in 2017, an increase achieved mainly via exports of gold, manganese and nickel, the government spokesman said on Wednesday. "The mining sector announced a sales revenue of 539-billion CFA francs ($1.02-billion) in 2017, compared to 483-billion... 

Goldman, Citi final bidders for Scotiabank's metals business – sources

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 The field of prospective bidders for ScotiaMocatta, the metals trading arm of Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia, has narrowed to two, three banking and industry sources said on Wednesday. The two - Goldman Sachs Group and Citi - are undertaking due diligence checks, the sources said. 

Russia not discussing reducing its stake in Alrosa in 2018 - RIA

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Russia is not discussing reducing its stake in diamond miner Alrosa in 2018, the RIA news agency quoted Alrosa CEO Sergei Ivanov as saying on Wednesday. 

Alrosa signs 67 long-term diamond supply contracts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd January 2018 Diamond major Alrosa has signed 67 long-term agreements for the sale of gem quality and industrial rough diamonds, 12 of which are agreements with Russian companies. Of the eight Russian companies that are buying rough diamonds from Alrosa, three are new clients – Aives, Diapur and Kristalldiam. 

Zimbabwe considers building gold, diamond reserves to back currency relaunch

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said his government is considering building reserves of gold and diamonds to back the eventual relaunch of the country’s own currency. The nation abandoned the Zimbabwe dollar in February 2009 after an economic collapse saw inflation surge to about... 

Zimbabwe may scrap local ownership rule on platinum, diamonds

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Zimbabwe, which has the world’s second-biggest platinum reserves, may lift a requirement that companies mining the metal or diamonds must be at least 51%-owned by black citizens of the country, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said. Mnangagwa, who became president in November after Robert Mugabe... 

Artisanal, small-scale mining explodes amid rising prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 A new report has revealed explosive growth in the number of artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide over the past two decades amid rising mineral prices and a general struggle in earning a living from agriculture. The Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable... 

Gem Diamonds makes fourth 100-ct-plus discovery at Letšeng this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds on Monday reported that it has the recovered a 149 ct, D-colour Type IIa diamond, with excellent shape, from its 70%-owned Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This is the fourth high-quality diamond of over 100 ct recovered so far this year, and follows closely upon the recovery of... 

Millennials snubbing diamonds has hedge fund seeing slump deepen

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2018 Diamonds are set to slump further, according to a hedge fund whose bet on marijuana made it the world’s best performer in 2016. Prices of the precious gem may slump as much as 10% this year as it loses appeal with younger consumers and faces challenges from synthetic alternatives, said... 

Millennials snubbing diamonds has hedge fund seeing slump deepen

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

Ethical leadership, good governance and favourable policies will see mining investors flocking to SA – chamber

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The findings of a December-2017 released survey conducted by the Chamber of Mines (CoM) indicate that if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of... 

BlueRock starts mining new kimberlite pipe, expects improved results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2018 South African-focused diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds made a number of planned modifications to the crushing circuit at its Kareevlei diamond mine, near Kimberley, during a three-week Christmas break. The modifications are expected to improve the method of feeding ore to the crushers. 

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