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Diamonds News

Beneficiation industry declines amid restrictive legislative environment, training dearth

By: Paige Müller     8th June 2018 The South African diamond beneficiation market is no longer globally competitive, says rough and polished diamonds and precious stones trading association World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernest Blom. He tells Mining Weekly that the local diamond beneficiation industry has “shrunk... 

Diamond industry longevity on the line

By: Paige Müller     8th 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

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal at Venetia diamond mine 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 Diamond-mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has concluded the process of selecting six local black economic empowerment (BEE) partners as part of an impressive R600-million-to-R700-million, eight-year transport empowerment initiative at the Venetia diamond mine in South Africa’s... 

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal  at Venetia diamond mine
De Beers Consolidated Mines Senior Manager for Enterprise and Supplier Development Gregory Petersen spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video & Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Russian diamond miner announces auctions and award of high sustainability ranking

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2018 Russian diamond mining major Alrosa announced on Thursday that it would hold auctions in Hong Kong and Vladivostok for large rough diamonds. The Hong Kong auction will start on June 13 and will run until June 27. The Vladivostok auction would start on June 18 and conclude on June 29. In both... 

Botswana Diamonds to buy BCL's stake in exploration project

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Botswana Diamonds (BoD) wants to buy liquidated BCL Mine's shares in a diamonds exploration joint venture project, its managing director said on Thursday. BCL mine group, which has been under liquidation since 2016, is selling its 51% stake in Maibwe Diamonds for an undisclosed amount. 

World Diamond Council’s System of Warranties open for public review

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 The World Diamond Council (WDC) System of Warranties (SoW) has entered a public review period following the completion of an industry review. The SoW review and reform process is part of the WDC’s strategic plan and is intended to help industry participants better implement and demonstrate their... 

Kimberley's illegal miners to get mining permits

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 Hundreds of artisanal and illegal miners in Kimberley in the Northern Cape will on Thursday receive mining permits from the Department of Mineral Resources.  Deputy minister of mineral resources Godfrey Oliphant will hand over two mining permits to artisanal miners, also known as Zama Zamas, in... 

Plan for mining community development levy scrapped

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 South Africa’s government has scrapped plans to compel mining companies to contribute 1% of their annual turnover to a new community development agency because it feared the funds could be abused, the nation’s mining minister said. The levy was proposed in a draft of the nation’s new Mining... 

Angola to change diamond sector to attract investment – Lourenço

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 Angola will make changes to how its secretive diamond industry works in order to attract more investment, increase production and secure higher government revenue, President João Lourenço said on a visit to Antwerp, Belgium. Africa's second-largest crude producer is trying to open up and... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
Photo by Dylan Slater
CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Botswana Diamonds awarded Mooikloof prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has been awarded a prospecting licence for the 2.5 ha Mooikloof diamondiferous kimberlite pipe concession, in Limpopo, South Africa.  

Botswana Diamonds awarded Mooikloof prospect
Botswana Diamonds CEO John Teeling

DPE probes Gupta-linked Alexkor for environmental law compliance

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 The Department of Public Enterprises is investigating whether state-owned mining company Alexkor, which had links with the infamous Gupta family, complies with environmental legislation. This has emerged in Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan's answer to a parliamentary question by DA... 

BK16 diamond parcels delivered to Lucara lab for cleaning

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has delivered the first two parcels of diamonds from its BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa Kimberlite Field, in Botswana, to Lucara Diamond’s acid cleaning laboratory, in Gaborone, for cleaning. The parcels comprise 101 diamonds weighing 18.57 ct and 130... 

Botswana central bank urges tax reform before diamonds dwindle

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2018 Botswana’s central bank has urged the government to overhaul the southern African nation’s tax regime and prepare the economy for declining contributions from diamonds. Botswana relies on the gemstones for almost a fifth of its gross domestic product and used the revenue generated from sales to... 

Mkango begins major drilling programme at Songwe

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources has started a major diamond drilling programme at its Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. The drilling programme, the Canadian mineral exploration and development company explained, is a key component of the feasibility study for Songwe, which is... 

Zimbabwe removes requirement for foreign mines to list locally

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Zimbabwe's Parliament has passed amendments to the mining bill after removing clauses that required foreign mining companies to list locally, according to an official record of Parliament's debates seen on Friday. Mines Minister Winston Chitando had last month promised to remove the requirements,... 

Mining, industrial contracts for ELB in SA and abroad

By: Nadine James     1st June 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) announced last week that it had been awarded the drying system for the M.V. Grand Banks life extension project for marine mining company De Beers Marine. Additionally, the company noted that it had completed train loading station (TLS) and stacker projects for the... 

Mining, industrial contracts for ELB in SA and abroad
STACK THE DECK ELB’s multidisciplinary approach has led to a range of mining and industrial projects in the last year

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

BlueRock raises £350 000 through placement

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has raised about £350 000 through the issue of 29.17-million ordinary shares at a price of 1.2p a share.     In addition to strengthening the balance sheet, the company will use the larger part of the proceeds to expedite the development of Pipe 1 at its Kareevlei... 

Lerala diamond mine sells for more than $8m in online auction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The Lerala diamond mine, in the Palapye region of Botswana, on Wednesday sold for more than $8-million in an online auction, confirmed liquidity services and auctioneers GoIndustry Dovebid South Africa associate director John Taylor.  

Lerala diamond mine sells for more than $8m in online auction
Lerala diamond mine, in Botswana

De Beers launches lab-grown diamond company Lightbox Jewellery in US

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Diamond miner De Beers has launched a new company called Lightbox Jewellery that will begin marketing a new brand of laboratory-grown diamond jewellery designs at lower prices than existing lab-grown diamond offerings.  

De Beers launches lab-grown diamond company Lightbox Jewellery in US

Russia’s Severalmaz testing drones for surveying

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2018 Russian diamond mining company Severalmaz, a subsidiary of State-owned Alrosa, is testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for mine surveying of land objects at Europe’s largest primary diamond deposit at Lomonosov. Preliminary results from the UAV testing, which involved a quadcopter and an... 

Russia’s Severalmaz testing drones for surveying

India seeks gold, diamond mining rights in Russia

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 India is seeking rights to mine for gold and diamonds in Russia's resource-rich Far East, Trade Minister Suresh Prabhu told Reuters on Tuesday. Prabhu last week led an Indian delegation to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. 

Auctioneer confirms interest in Botswana diamond mine auction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2018 Auctioneer GoIndustry DoveBid South Africa will be facilitating the sale of the Lerala diamond mine, in the Palapye region of Botswana, through an online auction, with final bids to close on Wednesday. 

Auctioneer confirms interest in Botswana diamond mine auction
The Lerala mine

D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The emergence of blockchain technology is helping to turn diamonds into a new investment asset class that, in turn, could drive future demand for natural diamonds, the creator of a new diamond-backed crypto coin said on Friday. Singapore-based D1 Mint, the creator of the diamond-backed D1 Coin,... 

D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin

Russian diamond producer Alrosa says H1 sales to exceed initial expectations

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Russia's Alrosa, the world's largest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms, said on Thursday first-half sales would be significantly higher than it originally planned due to market strength. Speaking on the sidelines of the St Petersburg economic forum, Alrosa chief executive Sergey Ivanov... 

Diamond evaluation sampling progressing at Botswana BK16 project

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Some 101 diamonds (18.57 cts), the largest of which was 1.38 ct, were recovered last month from the treatment of the first evaluation samples taken the BK16 kimberlite pipe, which forms part of the Orapa kimberlite field (OKF) in Botswana. Diamond explorer Tsodilo Resources sampling programme... 

Diamond evaluation  sampling progressing at Botswana BK16 project
SAMPLING SORTED Tsodilo Resources has completed processing of all the large diameter drilling samples through its dense media separation plant

Lucara Diamond on track with diamond production

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Lucara Diamond Corp. is pleased with the progress and developments it has made during the year to date, with the company doing significant work in Botswana and remaining consistent in quality-diamond production. “We are on track to produce the 2018 production estimate, which is 270 000 ct to 290... 

Lucara Diamond on track with diamond production
WHITE DIAMOND One of Lucara Diamonds’ exceptional diamonds

Botswana mining conference yielding opportunities

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Mining and engineering company Pan African Minerals says it attended the 2018 Mining Investment Botswana Conference, which was held in Gaborone from April 10 to 11, to create partnerships, networks and take advantage of the business matching prospects. The company’s attendance has already yielded... 

Botswana mining conference yielding opportunities
NKULULEKO MHLABA As a result of the 2018 Mining Investment Botswana conference we now also have three pending transactions in Botswana

Signet joins De Beers' Tracr blockchain platform pilot

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Signet Jewelers will become the first retailer to join De Beers Group's end-to-end diamond blockchain pilot programme, known as Tracr. Tracr aims to complete the first digital link all the way from diamond production through to retail. 

Petra’s shares fall on $178m proposed rights issue

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 Petra Diamonds’ share price on the LSE fell by more than 20% on Thursday after it announced plans to raise $178-milion, or about £133-million, through a fully underwritten 5 for 8 rights issue. The diamond miner, which has operations in South Africa and Tanzania, said its cash flow generation... 

Petra’s shares fall on $178m proposed rights issue
Photo by Creamer Media
Petra Diamonds CEO Johan Dippenaar

Optimistic diamond price outlook could underpin a return to profit, dividends – Zimnisky

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 Absent any significant global economic disturbances disrupting consumer diamond demand, incremental year-on-year diamond production declines are forecast to drive real diamond prices up by about 10% cumulatively from 2018 through 2021, or 17% in nominal terms, a new report by independent analyst... 

Optimistic diamond price outlook could underpin a return to profit, dividends – Zimnisky

Chamber of Mines hopes to embark on new era rebranding as Minerals Council South Africa

By: Nadine James     23rd May 2018 The Chamber of Mines has rebranded and is now the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) in line with its quest to reposition the sector as South Africa’s  preeminent industrial sector, while building a new legacy and creating a “future that all South African can be proud of,” MCSA president... 

Chamber of Mines hopes to embark on new era rebranding as Minerals Council South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
MCSA president Mxolisi Mgojo and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Forevermark appeals to Millennials with new flagship store in China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 De Beers Groups’ Forevermark brand has launched Libert’aime by Forevermark – a new flagship store in Shanghai, China.  

Forevermark appeals to Millennials with new flagship store in China

Alrosa reopens office in world’s largest diamond jewellery market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has successfully held its first auction in two years in the US, following the recent reopening of its representative office in New York. The New York office was first opened in 2006, but has not operated since 2016. 

Alrosa reopens office in world’s largest diamond jewellery market

De Beers’ rough diamond sales increase to $550m in fourth sales cycle

By: Anine Kilian     22nd May 2018 Diamond producer De Beers reported an increase in rough diamond sales to $550-million for the fourth sales cycle of this year. This is compared with rough diamond sales of $522-million in the fourth cycle of 2017 and sales of $524-million in the third cycle this year. 

Gem recovers 115 ct diamond from Letšeng

By: Anine Kilian     22nd May 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 115 ct, top white colour Type IIa diamond from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho, the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world.  This is the ninth diamond of over 100 ct recovered at the mine this year, already exceeding the total number of... 

Lucapa recovers another significant stone

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa has recovered a 25 ct yellow gem diamond from its Mothae kimberlite mine, in Lesotho. The ASX-listed company noted that the stone was recovered from the Neck Zone of the Mothae kimberlite, which was not part of the current one-million carat Joint Ore Reserves Committee... 

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