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Mining mechanisation could create ‘massive’ employment challenges – Harwood 

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Despite positive sentiment and improving commodity prices, the African mining industry continues to face immense challenges, says Montero Mining and Exploration CEO Dr Antony Harwood. Addressing the African Mining Network’s (AMN’s) thirty-ninth networking dinner, on Thursday evening, he touched... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
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Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

‘Digital mine’ solution for local market launched

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 In tandem with the yearly mining investment conference Investing in African Mining Indaba, digital industrial company GE launched its global Digital Mine solution onto the South African market.  

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes
Photo by Duane Daws
HULME SCHOLES For the first time . . . we will see the trust deficit between the mining industry and department close

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

Botswana Diamonds undertakes scoping study at Thorny River

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started a scoping study to determine the commercial potential of the Thorny River diamond project, which is a consolidation of the Frischgewaagt, Hartbeesfontein and Doornrivier properties, in Limpopo. The six-month study will further refine the volumes of... 

Botswana Diamonds raises £500 000 for South Africa, Botswana exploration 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has raised £500 000 to fund ongoing exploration in South Africa and Botswana. The funds were raised through the issue of 50-million shares to new and existing investors at a price of 1p a share. 

Mountain Province's diamond sales start the year on a high note

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Mountain Province Diamonds' first diamond tender of the year broke all records in terms of revenue and customer activity. The TSX- and Nasdaq-listed company said the sale of 351 000 ct of rough diamonds has resulted in Mountain Province's highest revenue result to date, with total sale proceeds... 

Botswana Diamonds starts exploration work at Botswana JV, maintains exploration optimism

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started exploration work on the Sunland Minerals joint venture (JV), which it shares with Russian diamond producer Alrosa, in Botswana. The objective of the exploration programme is to follow up on 15 previously identified priority geophysical targets in PL232-235... 

Botswana Diamonds starts exploration work at Botswana JV, maintains exploration optimism
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Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell

Mugabe's fall has veteran miners jockeying for Zimbabwe comeback

By: Bloomberg     13th February 2018 Robert Mugabe’s fall as Zimbabwe president is setting the scene for the return of a London mining listing for Andrew Groves and his long-term business partner – and former England cricketer – Phil Edmonds. Groves is preparing to relist the pair’s Zimbabwe coal, chrome and gold assets in London... 

Alrosa sold diamonds worth $504.5m in January

By: Reuters     13th February 2018 Russia's Alrosa said on Monday it had sold rough and polished diamonds worth $504.5-million in January. Rough diamond sales had amounted to $499-million and polished diamond sales to $5.5-million, it said in a statement. 

Lucapa recovers first diamonds from Lesotho's Mothae mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company has announced its first diamond recoveries from the Mothae kimberlite mine, which it owns in partnership with the government of Lesotho. The largest of the diamonds recovered in the first rest run was 6.6 ct. 

De Beers diamond venture puts Namibian mine on sale

By: Reuters     9th February 2018 Namdeb, a 50/50 joint venture between the Namibian government and Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers, has put the Elizabeth Bay Mine on sale, a company spokesperson said on Friday. The sale comes three weeks after the diamond miner wrote to staff offering voluntary redundancies that will... 

Shrinking gems are a headache for the diamond industry

By: Bloomberg     9th February 2018 The diamond industry has a size problem. Instead of splashing out on a ring or necklace featuring one big, bright diamond, shoppers are increasingly choosing pieces with several, smaller gems, which are often lower quality. And selling jewellery with smaller stones has been a good way for... 

Shrinking gems are a headache for the diamond industry

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

'Rarest white diamond ever' to be auctioned in London

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 A flawless diamond, the size of a large strawberry, is expected to fetch a world record price when it goes on sale at Sotheby's in London this month. Weighing just over 102 ct, the round, brilliant white stone is smaller than a 163-ct oval diamond sold in Hong Kong in 2013, which currently holds... 

Political shifts lift investor mood in Southern African mining

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Mining is a long-term game, but in Southern Africa dramatic political changes have transformed the investment mood for the better in the space of a year. Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe stepped down in 2017 after a combined 75 years in office, while the election of... 

Zimbabwe to consider waivers on platinum, diamonds ownership law

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Zimbabwe will consider applications from companies mining platinum or diamonds to be exempted from a requirement that they be at least 51% owned by black citizens of the country. The government wants companies to show they have a plan to achieve compliance before it will consider granting... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2018 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba has just ended here and the organisers are already putting their thinking caps on to make next year’s twenty-fifth anniversary of the event a grand affair. The names Cyril Ramaphosa, Elon Musk and the top who’s who of global and African mining are... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone
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Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose

Zimbabwe touts lithium, gold, diamonds potential at mining conference

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 Zimbabwe's mineral resources have a huge potential to drive the economy in the future, with lithium, gold and diamonds seen leading the way, its mines minister Winston Chitando said. In a presentation to an annual conference on investing in African mining, running from February 5 to 8 in Cape... 

De Beers eyes Zimbabwe, Congo after gaining South African permits

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2018 De Beers may follow its resumption of exploration for diamonds in South Africa’s Northern Cape by looking in the longer term at opportunities in countries like Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "I’m excited about what I’m seeing in Zimbabwe," said Phillip Barton, chief executive... 

Kennady embarks on 2018 winter drilling campaign

By: Henry Lazenby     5th February 2018 Takeover target Kennady Diamonds has started work on a 10 500 m 2018 winter drilling campaign at the Kennady North diamond project,  in Canada's Northwest Territories. Subject to a friendly C$176-million takeover offer by TSX- and Nasdaq-listed diamond producer Mountain Province Diamonds that was... 

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... 

Mbazima urges immediate dialogue on rail, port expansion
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Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima

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
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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

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