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Diamonds News

De Beers wraps up Canada acquisition

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2018 Anglo America’s De Beers has completed the C$107-million acquisition of Peregrine Diamonds, with the TSX-listed company set to be delisted at the end of trading on Friday. The acquisition, announced in July, was approved by Peregrine securityholders on August 31 and by the Supreme Court of... 

Alrosa reports stable international demand for large diamonds

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa has netted $15.6-million from the sale of special large diamonds at an international auction in Israel. A total of 2 611 ct of diamonds, all weighing more than 10.8 ct, were sold in 166 lots. 

Rising generations drive record diamond demand but require new approaches by industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2018 The worldwide demand for diamond jewellery set a new record high of $82-billion in 2017, diamond giant De Beers reported in its “Diamond Insight Report 2018”. The driving forces behind this demand were Millennial and Generation Z (Gen Z) consumers, who, together, accounted for 66% of global... 

Rising generations drive record diamond demand but require new approaches by industry

Alrosa sales in 2019 to exceed production

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa said on Tuesday that its sales next year would be one-million to two-million carats higher than its production in 2019, the RIA news agency cited Alexei Filippovsky, its CFO, as saying. Alrosa expects it production to be around 37.5-million to 38-million carats next... 

De Beers sales cycles delivering consistent value

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2018 The global sightholder sales and auction sales of diamond company De Beers have this year continued to deliver consistent value, with the latest seventh sales cycle coming in at $505-million, a virtual carbon copy of the $507-million realised in the seventh sales cycle of last year. The steady... 

De Beers sales cycles delivering consistent value
De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver

Tango buys Liberia diamond project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2018 TSX-V-listed Tango Mining has signed an agreement to acquire an 80% unencumbered interest in the Mano River project from West Mining, in Liberia. The property consists of one recently granted 104.3 km2 diamond mineral exploration licence located in the western part of the country in an area well... 

Giant diamonds has been mining's one success story this year

By: Bloomberg     7th September 2018 This summer’s crash in commodity prices is turning it into a year to forget for miners. Unless you dig the world’s biggest diamonds. Gem Diamonds has been the standout performer in the FTSE All-Share Mining Index, gaining almost 70% this year. In comparison, almost every other miner is in... 

Trans Hex sells Cape Town head office building

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2018 JSE-listed diamond miner Trans Hex will sell the building that has been its head office for nearly three decades, announcing this week that the Cape Town property will be sold for R28.5-million. The building is located at 405 Voortrekker road, Parow.  

Company expands footprint in manganese mining industry

7th September 2018 Mining equipment specialist Osborn Engineered Services has secured an R8.5-million order to supply a range of its high-quality machines to a new manganese mine in the Northern Cape. Osborn product sales manager Francois Scott says that this order and the region are significant for Osborn. The... 

Company expands footprint in manganese mining industry
MANGANESE OPERATION Osborn Engineered Services will supply new machines to a new operation in the Northern Cape

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous recovery of mining sector – govt urged

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM is well-poised to make inroads into the mining industry, says AECOM Africa strategy and growth director Fadzai Nyamasve. She tells Mining Weekly that  although there  is still uncertainty in the market regarding the Mining Charter, AECOM expects... 

Accelerate processes to ensure timeous  recovery of mining sector – govt urged
FADZAI NYAMASVE Regulatory uncertainty is being addressed and there is a deliberate campaign to attract investors, so the pressing challenge is ensuring the industry recovers in a timeous manner

Large diamond recoveries contribute to Gem’s strong H1 financial performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 Record recoveries of large, high-quality diamonds at the Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, contributed to a strong financial performance for LSE-listed Gem Diamonds in the first half of this year. The miner, which recovered ten diamonds weighing more than 100 ct each during the six months, on Wednesday... 

Renard underground ramp-up completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 Quebec’s Renard underground mine has achieved its full design capacity of 6 000 t/d, with Stornoway Diamond Corp on Tuesday declaring the underground ramp-up completed. Over a 20-day period ended on August 29, ore mucked and trucked to surface averaged 6 039 t/d, against a budgeted design... 

Renard underground ramp-up completed
The Renard mine has transitioned from openpit mining to underground operations.

Master Drilling acquires Atlantis

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 The strengthening of diversified geographic footprint of mining technology company Master Drilling is continuing with the announcement on Wednesday that the Johannesburg Stock Exchange company had entered into agreements to acquire the businesses of the Atlantis Group, a South African... 

Master Drilling acquires Atlantis
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

BlueRock starts processing from second kimberlite pipe at Kareevlei  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei diamond mine, nearly Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, has started kimberlite processing from the KV1 pipe – the mine’s second kimberlite pipe. KV1 is one of five known kimberlite pipes within the Kareevlei project area and has an... 

POZ to bid for Ellendale mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2018 ASX-listed POZ Minerals on Tuesday told shareholders that it will throw its hat in the ring for the Ellendale diamond mine, in Western Australia. The state government in late August announced that it was looking for a new owner to reopen the Ellendale mine, with expressions of interest (EOI)... 

Lab-made diamonds for less: Why De Beers's plan worries rivals

By: Bloomberg     4th September 2018 De Beers hasn’t even opened its first synthetic diamond store, but its looming entry into the market for man-made gems has already shaken the industry. The unit of Anglo American said three months ago that it plans to sell lab-grown diamonds at a fraction of the going rate, undercutting rivals... 

Lab-made diamonds for less: Why De Beers's plan worries rivals

De Beers will allow buyers to reject cheap diamonds

By: Bloomberg     4th September 2018 De Beers is allowing its diamond buyers to refuse some lower-quality stones at its sale this week, according to people familiar with the situation. It’s a rare move by De Beers, which is famous for requiring buyers to take what’s offered, and highlights the weak state of the low-end diamond... 

Peregrine holders approve De Beers deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2018 The takeover of Peregrine Diamonds by De Beers is expected to close on September 12, the TSX-V-listed junior said on Friday, announcing that its security holders have approved the plan of arrangement between the companies. In terms of the arrangement, announced in July, the Anglo American unit... 

Indian bank quits Antwerp diamond hub in blow for gem financing

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2018 Union Bank of India is pulling out of the global diamond hub of Antwerp, joining a retreat of lenders from the industry, which has been hit by fraud and bad debt. The bank has given notice that it will close its branch in the Belgian port city within a year, according to CEO Rajkiran Rai Gundyadka. 

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2018 The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign leader Michael Gibb, who notes that, although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these... 

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

Global mining showing interest in Master Drilling’s new technology  

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2018 The mining industry is showing strong interest in the new blast-free mobile tunnel boring machine that South African company Master Drilling will launch in Italy next month. This interest is exemplified by 32 mining executives from mining jurisdictions across the world making themselves available... 

Global mining showing interest in Master Drilling’s new technology
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater

De Beers, UN Women to support women micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 Diamond miner De Beers and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in South Africa have launched a capacity-building programme, which aims to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the Blouberg and Musina communities, near De Beers’ Venetia diamond... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2018 Innovative drilling technologies company Master Drilling, which will next month launch a new blast-free mobile tunnel boring machine that is expected to have a far-reaching beneficial impact on mining, on Tuesday reported satisfactory results for the six months ended June 30. The Johannesburg... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius

New owner targeted for Ellendale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th August 2018 The Western Australian government is looking for a miner to reopen the Ellendale diamond mine, in the Kimberley region. The state government this week said it was seeking expressions of interest from mining companies to reopen the mine, which was operational between 2002 and 2015, when the... 

Russian diamond miner Alrosa's net income inches higher in Q2

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 Alrosa, the world's largest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms, said on Friday its second-quarter net profit rose about 1 percent year on year as higher prices helped offset a sales drop. State-controlled Alrosa and Anglo American's De Beers produce about half of the world's rough... 

Russian diamond miner Alrosa's net income inches higher in Q2

BlueRock achieves 80 t/h crushing target at Kareevlei

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 The crushing circuit at BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei mine, in the Northern Cape, is now processing at its targeted production level of around 80 t/h following the installation of a second cone crusher and the implementation of optimisation initiatives. In June, BlueRock discovered a fault in... 

Botswana Diamonds excited about working with Vast on Zim diamond concession

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd August 2018 Botswana Diamonds chairperson John Teeling on Thursday said the company was looking forward to working with fellow Aim-listed Vast Resources on realising the full potential of the Hertiage diamond concession area and other areas in Zimbabwe. This followed Wednesday’s announcement by Vast that it... 

Vast concludes JV to access diamond fields in Zimbabwe

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources has concluded an agreement with Red Mercury for exclusive access to a diamond concession area in what has become known as the Marange diamond fields in the Chiadzwa region of Zimbabwe.  Under the terms of the agreement, Vast will have the right to carry out initial due... 

Rio digging deeper at Diavik

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st August 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has opened the fourth diamond pipe at its Diavik diamond mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The A21 openpit pipe will provide an important source of incremental supply over the next four years to sustain production levels at the mine, Rio said on Tuesday. 

Lucara subsidiary to collaborate with diamond tech company

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 Lucara Diamond Corporation’s Clara Diamond Solutions subsidiary has entered into a collaboration agreement with diamond industry technology developer Sarine Technologies. Clara, a digital sales platform acquired by Lucara in February, will be the exclusive, worldwide customer for customised... 

BlueRock secures loan from chairperson, CEO

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa, has entered into a loan with chairperson Paul Beck and CEO Adam Waugh.   

Angola seeks to stimulate diamond, ornamental stone exports

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 The Angolan newspaper “Jornal de Angola” has reported that diamond mining companies operating in the country will, in future, be able to sell up to 60% of their production in the free market, under the country’s new Diamond Commercialisation Policy. Under the previous system, adopted in 2007,... 

Alrosa to put 202 'special' diamonds up for sale at Israel auction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa will offer 202 gem-quality rough diamonds for sale at an auction to be held in Israel from August 19 to September 6. The diamonds, with a combined weight of 3 165 ct, are all larger than 10.8 ct, otherwise known as 'special' diamonds. 

Mountain Province says latest sale in line with expectations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2018 TSX-listed Mountain Province has netted $22.2-million from the sale of 334 751 ct in its sixth diamond sale of 2018, the company reported on Wednesday. The sale realised an average price of $66/ct, which is lower than the previous sale’s realised price of $85/ct, but in line with expectations.... 

Russian miners explore payment schemes eschewing dollar

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Two of Russia's biggest mining companies said on Wednesday they were investigating rouble-based payments schemes, amid calls from Moscow to reduce the role of the US dollar in Russian trade and so limit the impact of US sanctions. The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favoured bilateral trade... 

Russian miners explore payment schemes eschewing dollar

First-half diamond sales down 16% at Botswana's Okavango

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Sales at Botswana's State-owned Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) fell 16% in the first half of 2018 to $260-million, its managing director said, citing a high comparison base against last year's record growth. Marcus ter Haar said the company sold 1.778-million carats in the first half of 2018... 

Gem Diamonds recovers 12th diamond of over 100 ct for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 138 ct top white colour and Type IIa diamond, at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This diamond, the miner said on Wednesday, is the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond in the world. 

Gem Diamonds recovers 12th diamond of over 100 ct for 2018

Stornoway posts Q2 loss; Renard ramp-up slower than planned

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2018 The share price of Quebec diamond miner Stornoway Diamonds took a beating on Tuesday, after the company unveiled a net loss of C$35.9-million for the second quarter and said that the ramp-up of its underground mine at Renard was slower than planned. Stornoway’s share price dipped to a 12-month... 

Stornoway posts Q2 loss; Renard ramp-up slower than planned
The Renard mine in Quebec

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