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Gold to the masses

By: System Author The individual consumer is steadily gaining on the world’s central banks in the race to influence the future of the world gold market. It is an active and deliberate contest, and one which will have a profound impact on the destiny of many local and international gold firms. The intention... 

Kimberley on brink of ne w life

By: System Author The R10-million feasibility study to evaluate the viability of a new diamond-recovery treatment plant at De Beers Kimberley mines is 70% complete. The feasibility study, which began in May last year, and is expected to be completed by April, is being conducted by an on-mine project team working... 

Software to optimise diamond-mining

By: System Author THE first phase of a project to incorporate an integrated mineral-resource asset-management suite developed by Gemcom Software International into De Beers Consolidated Mines’ Venetia mine has begun. This follows the establishment of a relationship between the two companies to develop an... 

Black diamond unearthed

By: System Author In the absence of a small-mining division within leading diamond mining and exploration giant De Beers, the company has signed a multimillion-rand black-empowerment agreement with regard to its Marsfontein mine in the Northern Province. In return for a consideration of about R200-million, De... 

Diamond dredger No.3 being built

By: System Author A third 250 t/h dredger to recover dia- monds from the Luachimo river in northern Angola is being built by Metco Global for ITM Mining. “Construction of the 24-m-long, 55 t dredger, with several enhancements on the prototype, will begin this month for completion at the end of May,”... 

Diamonds of Death

By: System Author Deep in the western Free State lies the legacy of a mine gone terribly wrong, which saw a river of mud tear through its underground workings that was powerful enough to rip off the limbs of those caught in its rush. All that is left is the corpse of an unworkable mine in which the bodies of 16 of... 

Division tackles alloy research

By: System Author Research and development (R&D) of platinum-group metal (PGM) alloys and products is conducted by Mintek’s physical metallurgy division in collaboration with PGM producers in South Africa. The jewellery-related platinum products include platigems, novel platinum-gold composite material, and... 

Rising demand for platinum

By: System Author Demand for platinum in jewellery is forecast by platinum analyst Johnson Matthey in its 1998 interim review, to rise by 30 000 ounces to 2,19-million ounces in 1998. Although last year has been a year of strong growth in the Chinese and US markets, fabrication in Japan has fallen. However, the... 

Shining year envisaged

By: System Author With the platinum-group metals (PGMs) industry in good shape, assisted by the turmoil in the palladium industry and the growth in the market for platinum jewellery, South African producers can look forward to a shining year. “South Africa’s PGM production, of which platinum accounts... 

Jewellery makers consolidate

By: Archivist There is a new climate of co-operation and determination among South African jewellery manufacturers to expand market support for their products and increase exports, reveals Jewellery Council of South Africa executive director Claire Minnit. “Local manufacturers are aware that any growth... 

New project

By: Archivist The new diamond-processing plant known as the Aquarium project at Jwaneng diamond mine in Botswana is due for completion in March. Designed by multidisciplinary consultant Anglo American Technical Services for the Debswana Diamond Company, it is being constructed by a joint-venture company... 

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