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Cullinan mine moves to centralised blasting to improve safety, efficiency  

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Petra to sell KEM JV stake to Ekapa for R300m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds and its black economic empowerment partners plan to sell their 75.9% interest in the Kimberley Epaka Mining (KEM) joint venture (JV) to JV partner Ekapa Mining for about R300-million. The KEM JV incorporates the Kimberley Underground mine, extensive tailings retreatment... 

Lucapa delivers more diamonds in June quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th July 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has reported a 20% increase in production at its Lulo project, in Angola during the June quarter. Themine produced 5 058 carats of diamonds during the three months to June, up from the 4 203 produced in the previous corresponding period, with the total weight... 

Angola to recover overseas funds by year-end, Lourenco says

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2018 Angola plans to start recovering large funds held by citizens in overseas accounts toward the end of the year under a law meant to repatriate cash that was illegally moved abroad, President Joao Lourenco said. Lourenco said in December that the government wouldn’t ask any questions if wealthy... 

Operations to resume at Stornoway's Renard

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th July 2018 Quebec diamond miner Stornoway Diamond Corp will remobilise its staff to the Renard mine and resume full operations on Wednesday, after rainfall and a shifting of prevailing winds have allowed wildfires to be contained. The company ceased operations on Monday as a safety precaution, after fires... 

Stornoway suspends operations at Renard owing to fire

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2018 Quebec diamond mine owner and operator Stornoway Diamond Corporation said on Monday that mining operations at the Renard diamond mine have been temporarily suspended, owing to a forest fire. On Monday morning, the fire was located 12.6 km south of the mine, but just 3.6 km south of the Clarance... 

Petra receives valid acceptances for 94.97% of rights issue shares

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2018 Petra Diamonds has received valid acceptances in respect of 316.92-million shares, representing about 94.97% of the rights issue shares offered in a five to eight rights issue announced in May. Further, subscribers have been procured for 16.7-million rights issue shares, for which valid... 

Rockwell unable to file financial year-end results by required deadline

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 JSE-listed Rockwell Diamonds will not be able to file audited versions of its annual financial statements for the year ended February 28, by the required deadline of June 30, the company said in a statement on Friday. The embattled company's shares were delisted from the TSX at the end of August... 

Lucapa recovers 89ct diamond in Lesotho

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has recovered an 89 carat yellow diamond from the current bulk sampling programme at its Mothae project, in Lesotho. The bulk sampling programme is designed to expand and improve the current Mothae resource by processing areas of the kimberlite pipe which... 

Gem appoints interim technical adviser as deputy CEO resigns

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds deputy CEO Johnny Velloza intends to leave the company as an executive on September 15. A search for his successor is under way, but in the interim, Gavin Beevers will join the company as technical adviser from July 1, during the handover period and beyond. 

Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity

By: Nadine James     27th June 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity

Karowe resource update supports continued recovery of high-value diamonds – Lucara

By: Simone Liedtke     27th June 2018 An updated mineral resource estimate on TSX-listed Lucara Diamond’s Karowe mine, in Botswana, supports the continued recovery of large, high-value diamonds from the South Lobe throughout the remaining life of the openpit and the likelihood for underground mining until at least 2036, CEO Eira... 

Alrosa to base dividends on free cash flow - Ministry

By: Reuters     26th June 2018 Russian State-controlled diamond miner Alrosa will base its dividend payments on free cash flow rather than net profit starting from 2018, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday. The company's dividend payouts will not be lower than 50% of net profit, the ministry added. 

De Beers sells $575m of rough diamonds in latest sales cycle

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2018 De Beers sold $575-million worth of rough diamonds in the fifth sales cycle of this year. This is higher than the $554-million worth of rough diamonds sold in the fourth sales cycle of this year, as well as the $541-million worth of rough diamonds sold in the fifth sales cycle of last year. 

Tango mobilises additional equipment for processing Oena tailings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Diversified junior miner Tango Mining has produced 95 diamonds, weighing 152.63 ct, at its Oena alluvial diamond operation, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, for the production period ending June 14.  

BlueRock resumes production at Kareevlei

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has resumed production at its Kareevlei mine, in Kimberley. The company had reported earlier this month that a fault had been identified in the cone crusher within the crushing circuit at the mine, which was negatively affecting throughput. 

Trans Hex posts R187m loss for FY18

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 JSE-listed diamond miner Trans Hex on Thursday reported a R186.8-million loss for the financial year ended March 31, 2018, with its loss a share amounting to 175.6c and its headline loss a share to 216.5c. The group’s net loss from discontinued operations, including retrenchment costs of... 

Resources Watch 

21st June 2018 De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal at Venetia diamond mine And, Mandela Mining Precinct partner boasts simulation capabilities, serves as ‘test-bed’ for Mining 4.0 technologies 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Alrosa to lower production at International underground mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Russian mining major Alrosa has revised the production plan of its International underground mine, near Mirny, as it takes a tougher stance on health and safety management. The production plan for 2018 remains unchanged at 36.6-million carats, but under the revised plan for 2019 to 2022, output... 

Alrosa to lower production at International underground mine
The International underground mine.

Latest tender nets $32.48m for Lucara

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Lucara Diamond Corp’s twelfth exceptional diamond tender has earned it $32.48-million, with one 327.48 ct diamond sold for $10.1-million, or about $30 900/ct. The company, which operates the Karowe mine, in Botswana, put ten single diamonds, ranging in size from 40.4 ct to 472.37 ct, up for tender. 

Trans Hex expects to widen FY loss

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Diamond miner Trans Hex expects to report a loss a share of 175.6c for the financial year ended March 31, compared with a loss a share of 173.6c in the prior financial year. The company further expects to report a headline loss a share of 216.5c, compared with a headline loss a share of 114.6c in... 

Gem declares $18.3m in payments to Lesotho, Botswana governments

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Gem Diamonds paid just over $18.3-million to the governments of Lesotho and Botswana for extractive activities completed in the financial year ended December 31, 2017. Of this amount, about $18.1-million was paid to the government of Lesotho, with the balance of $230 000 paid to the Botswana... 

CAR struggling to resume diamond exports, tax revenue lags

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 Despite a partial lifting of a ban on its diamond exports, the Central African Republic (CAR) is struggling to restore sales and seeing only a fraction of the tax revenue it once did, its mining minister said in an interview. As a member of the 81-nation Kimberley Process which certifies ethical... 

Lucapa, partners sell another $2m of Lulo diamonds

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company and its partners Empresa Nacional de Diamantes (Endiama) and Rosas & Petalas have completed a further sale of 1 782 ct of alluvial diamonds from the Lulo project, in Angola. The parcel achieved gross sale proceeds of $2-million, or A$2.7-million, representing an... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

Alrosa auctioning large rough diamonds in Asia

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 Russian diamond mining major is currently holding an auction in Hong Kong for large rough diamonds, and will soon start a second one in Vladivostock. The Hong Kong auction started on June 13 and will run until June 27. The Vladivostock auction will start on June 18 and conclude on June 29. In... 

Rapid dewatering pumps ensure safer diamond mining

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 Germiston-based pumps supplier Centex Africa has supplied 13 dewatering pumpsets, with another eight pumpsets on order, to Namibian diamond mining company Namdeb to prolong the life of the mine by ensuring the safer mining of diamonds in the ocean water lakes in Oranjemund, on the southern coast... 

Rapid dewatering pumps ensure safer diamond mining
TIDE-TURNING The Centex Africa Cornell 12NHTB pumps need to move nearly 50-billion litres of water

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC
Photo by Dylan Slater
Informal processing of sand from a depleted mine dump off the N3 South freeway, near Elandsfontein, in Germiston

Lucara appoints new corporate development VP

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2018 Ayesha Hira has been appointed VP corporate development and strategy at Vancouver-based diamond miner Lucara.    She will also be integral in assisting the CEO with corporate communications and shareholder relations. 

US suggests need for broader conflict diamond definition, due diligence for responsible sourcing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 The Kimberley Process (KP) intercessional, which will take place from June 18 to 22 in Antwerp, Belgium, will focus on proposed reforms in the certification system to help achieve ambitious goals in the global diamond industry. This year, the European Union is chairing the KP and India is serving... 

Petra Diamonds shareholders back rights issue

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 Shareholders in mining company Petra Diamonds on Wednesday approved a rights issue to raise about $170-million to help cut its debt burden, driving the share price around 5% higher. The company, which has suffered setbacks in Tanzania as well as production delays and strikes, had said there was a... 

Angola's top diamond mine says underpricing has cost it almost $500m

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Angola's Catoca, the world's fifth largest diamond mine, estimates it lost $464-million over the past six years due to a government-imposed marketing system that obliged it to sell production below international prices, a company presentation seen by Reuters showed. The figure was presented... 

Zimbabwe Parliament drops call for Mugabe to answer questions on diamond mines

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Zimbabwe's parliament on Monday backed down from its demand for former President Robert Mugabe to answer questions related to diamond mining operations during his time in office. In what would have been his first public appearance since being ousted in a de facto military coup in November,... 

BlueRock expects improved performance as it rectifies Kareevlei cone crusher issue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds and an independent engineering consultant have evaluated the crushing circuit at the Kareevlei mine, in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape.  

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2018 Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant is engaging with companies on local value-addition opportunities in zinc and platinum-catalysed fuel cells, and would like mining companies to make these and other locally mined commodities available at developmental prices to facilitate... 

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant (right) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

Diamond industry longevity on the line

By: Paige Müller     11th June 2018 The implementation of enabling mining policies by government is key in safeguarding the South African diamond industry from further decline and a worrying contraction, says Global Diamond Network consultant and industry heavyweight Dr John Bristow. Bristow states that the local diamond mining... 

Diamond industry longevity on the line
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH High quality rough gemstone diamonds mined from an alluvial diamond deposit in Northern Cape province

Alrosa sells $288m of diamonds in May

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa Group sold $288-million worth of rough and polished diamonds in May. Rough diamond sales amounted to $277.5-million and polished diamond sales to $10.5-million. 

Technological advancements unlock midwater mining

By: Paige Müller     8th June 2018 Using effective, remote marine mining tools that can handle rugged and uneven midwater terrains has placed abundant midwater diamond deposits within reach of small-scale mining operations, says local diamond exploration company Mza Diamond Resources CEO Willem Steenkamp. He notes that geologists... 

Technological advancements unlock midwater mining
BULK SAMPLING PROGRAMME Mza Diamond Resources plans to conduct a bulk sampling programme to establish the grade and volume of resources in marine diamond area 7B

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