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Diamonds News

Kimberley’s diamond endowment given new sparkle 

By: Martin Creamer     8th January 2018 Generations of diamond processing experience, interwoven with modern know-how, is extending the diamond endowment of the city of Kimberley. Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM-JV) has come up with a viable business model that returns a diamond sparkle to the city renowned for its... 

Gem Diamonds recovers two large diamonds at Letšeng

By: Anine Kilian     8th January 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered two large high-quality D-colour, type IIa diamonds from its 70%-owned Letšeng mine in Lesotho. The recovered diamonds include a 117 ct and a 110 ct diamond. 

Lucapa recovers another 100-ct-plus diamond at Angola mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2018 The Lulo diamond mine is continuing to yield large diamonds, with Lucapa Diamond Company reporting on Monday that it had recovered its ninth 100-ct-plus diamond at the Angola mine. The ASX-listed company, which mines Lulo with partners Endiama and Rosas and Petalas, reported the discovery of a... 

Mountain Province prices plunge on finer rough diamonds sold

By: Henry Lazenby     6th January 2018 The value per carat realised at the tenth tender sale of diamonds produced at Mountain Province Diamonds’ 49%-owned Gahcho Kué mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, has fallen to the lowest level since sales started 12 months ago. The TSX- and Nasdaq-listed company recorded sale proceeds of... 

Mountain Province prices plunge on finer rough diamonds sold

Firestone extends sales agreement of BK11 asset

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2017 Lesotho-focused Firestone Diamonds has agreed to extend the option period granted to Amulet Diamond Corporation to purchase the Aim-listed company BK11 asset until December, 31, 2018. BK11 is a diamond asset in Botswana, currently on care and maintenance. 

Stellar narrows loss as Tongo-Tonguma project construction continues

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has narrowed its full-year loss while continuing to make progress on developing its Tongo diamond project, in Sierra Leone. For the financial year ended June 30, the company reported a pretax loss of $2.3-million, compared with $7.1-million a year earlier. 

Zimnisky Diamond Price Index rises as demand improves

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Zimnisky Global Rough Diamond Price Index has gained 2.7% up to mid-December, with polished prices are down 3.5% in the same period, diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky said in a new blog post. The reason for this, according to the New York-based analyst, is that 2017 has been a year of excess... 

Zimnisky Diamond Price Index rises as demand improves

Canadian junior mining company makes progress in Northern Cape

15th December 2017 Canadian junior mining company Tango Mining has made progress at its Oena diamond project, based in the Northern Cape in South Africa, appointing diamond recovery company Bluedust 7 as its mining contractor, which it announced in October. The contract will take place for a 60-month period, during... 

Canadian junior mining company makes progress in Northern Cape
EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES The Oena diamond mine will see the mining of alluvial diamonds over a 60-month period

Eighth high-value Angolan diamond discovered

15th December 2017 Australian diamond mining and exploration company Lucapa Diamonds’ Lulo mine, in Angola, delivered pleasing diamond recoveries in November, on the back of the eighth discovery larger than 100 ct at the mine, reinforcing a strong performance from its operations in October, states MD Stephen... 

Eighth high-value Angolan  diamond discovered
LUCAPA PRIDE The Type IIa-D diamond was discovered in Angola last month

Initial mining programme expected to start next year

15th December 2017 Marine and land-based mining company Diamond Fields International has reaffirmed its commitment to its Namibian operations, announcing at the start of November an initial mining programme for its ML111 licence in offshore Namibia in 2018.  The initial mining programme for the licence area will... 

Initial mining programme expected to start next year
YO TOIVO The vessel is designed to provide efficient and effective mining of diamonds on the seafloor

Lesotho mine delivers another high-value diamond

15th December 2017 Global diamond producer Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng diamond mine in Lesotho yielded a high-quality 202 ct Type IIa-D colour, the seventh diamond over 100 ct to be recovered this year. The announcement marks the seventh diamond of over 100 ct to be recovered in 2017 from Letšeng. The mine, it is... 

Lesotho mine delivers  another high-value diamond
PICTURE PERFECT The Letšeng mine, located in Lesotho, which is claimed ot be the highest dollar-per-carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward

15th December 2017 The results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) announced by diamond miner Lucara Diamonds in November demonstrate the potential economic viability for the development of an underground mine at Karowe, in Botswana. The development of the underground mine is planned after the completion of... 

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward
KAROWE OPENPIT The Karowe mine located in Botswana has valuable resources located underground

Kimberley tailings still yielding diamonds

15th December 2017 Historical diamond tailings left across Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, by diversified miner De Beers Consolidated Mines continue to hold significant potential for diamond extraction, owing to technological advances made in ore treatment.  

Kimberley tailings still yielding diamonds
STILL GOING STRONG The Petra Diamonds and Ekapa Mining joint venture incorporates the Kimberley Underground mine – mining the Bultfontein, Dutoitspan and Wesselton kimberlite pipes and extensive tailings retreatment programmes with resources of about 140.1-million tons.

Activated carbon producer to aid tailings processing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb offers tailings retreatment plants in the mining industry a solution for their water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations that uses local raw material, technology and deployment to produce activated carbon, which is critical in the... 

Activated carbon producer to aid tailings processing
WATER TREATMENT SOLUTION There is a big requirement for activated carbon, which local manufacturer Rotocarb can provide a solution for with locally designed technology and locally sourced raw materials

Diamonds body calls for ‘productive dialogue’ on Kimberley Process reform

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 The World Diamond Council (WDC) has called for an open discussion about the Kimberley Process (KP) reform, highlighting three key areas in need of reform to ensure its continued success. These include broadening the scope of the KP as the debate on the expansion of the definition of conflict... 

Diamonds body calls for ‘productive dialogue’  on Kimberley Process reform
Photo by Bloomberg
EVOLUTION NEED Much remains to be done to evolve the efficiency of decision-making within the Kimberley Process

Mines urged to leverage technology to supercharge human capital development

By: Nadine James     15th December 2017 Mining companies should leverage technology to spur employee development, aiding in the upskilling of staff while enhancing employee and resource management, says information technology services company Wipro Southern Africa. While mines have incrementally implemented technology into their... 

Water recovery issue keeps Diamcor’s Krone-Endora at Venetia project from full potential

By: Henry Lazenby     14th December 2017 Inadequate recoveries of water from project developer Diamcor Mining’s Krone-Endora at Venetia project's settling dams continues to hinder the project from reaching design capacity, resulting in lower output, the company announced on Wednesday. The Kelowna, British Columbia-based company advised... 

Gem in talks with new potential Ghaghoo buyers

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th December 2017 Aim-listed Gem Diamonds is in discussions with other parties who are interested in acquiring the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana, after an offer from an undisclosed party to buy the mine was withdrawn. Gem on Tuesday informed shareholders that although the undisclosed party had made an offer in August... 

De Beers notes continued good demand for rough diamonds

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2017 Continued stable demand for diamonds resulted in De Beers generating $450-million in its tenth sales cycle of the year. This compares with the $466-million generated in the ninth sales cycle of this year and the $422-million earned in the tenth sales cycle of 2016. 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad
Unctad’s Stefan Csordas discusses commodities report with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tsodilo acquires sorter for final recovery at BK16

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has finalised the final recovery circuit of the dense medium separation (DMS) plant at its BK16 kimberlite project, in Botswana, with the purchase of a Polus-M sorter from Russian X-ray sorter manufacturer Bourevestnik. The new sorter for the final recovery plant... 

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 New ‘Proudly South African’ start-up Erudite Strategies has hit a rich vein of acceptance in Australia, where investors in junior mining projects in Africa are showing alacrity in taking up its unique client representative and owner’s engineer offering. Each of Erudite’s three leading lights has... 

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviews Johann de Bruin, the founding director of the new project engineering company Erudite. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd and Lionel da Silva.

South Africa urged to go back to basics to avoid mining’s demise

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 For South Africa's mining industry to return to more successful times, the country will need to go back to basics, says Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood, who also suggests that these basics could aid in sidestepping the demise of the mining industry in South Africa. These... 

South Africa urged to go back to basics to avoid mining’s demise
PROFESSOR FRED CAWOOD South Africa should embrace mining

New polishing facility a boost to Dubai’s status as a diamond trading centre

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 The global diamond industry is either growing in affluent regions or remaining steady in less affluent regions, thereby showing a degree of positivity with signs of growth. This also points to a degree of untapped potential that is ready to be unlocked through increased investment upstream and... 

New polishing facility a boost to Dubai’s status as a diamond trading centre

Mining will only ‘move forward’ if there is a change of guard at Mineral Resources – lawyer

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 The mining industry cannot move forward until new leadership is established within the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) mining head Allan Reid, who suggests that such a change could re-establish “some degree of optimism and trust in the mining... 

Mining will only ‘move forward’ if there is a change of guard  at Mineral Resources – lawyer
NEW HORIZONS South African mining companies are exploring other African jurisdictions for mining investment

India Trade Ministry is said to seek lower tax on diamond miners

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 India’s Trade Ministry is seeking a cut in taxes for overseas diamond miners to boost trading in the world’s largest hub for polishing the gems, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Commerce Department in a letter to the Finance Ministry has sought to scrap levies and instead... 

World Diamond Council encourages open dialogue, reform

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th December 2017 The World Diamond Council has called for an open discussion about the Kimberley Process (KP) reform at the upcoming KP plenary, which will take place in Brisbane from December 9 to 14. As the voice of the diamond industry, the WDC is calling for all KP participants to join together in a... 

Mike Brown steps in as Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Diamond producer Gem Diamonds is set to receive fresh blood as decade-sitting Gavin Beevers will not stand for re-election in 2018 as a nonexecutive director 

Mike Brown steps in as Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director Mike Brown

BlueRock surpasses monthly production target in Nov

By: Anine Kilian     5th December 2017 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei mine, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, surpassed its monthly target production of 25 000 t in November. Production increased by 56% month-on-month to 25 146 t. 

Diamond miner Alrosa refinances loan

By: Mariaan Webb     5th December 2017 Russian miner Alrosra has reduced its debt to $1.48-billion, following an early repayment of $120-million on its $720-million bank loan due in 2019. The diamond mining group has refinanced the balance of $600-million through two new loans of $350-million and $250-million issued by Raiffeisenbank... 

De Beers spearheading diamond traceability digital platform service

By: Anine Kilian     4th December 2017 Diamond giant De Beers is investing in a new digital platform service that provides a single, immutable record tracing a diamond’s individual journey through the value chain. This diamond traceability platform is underpinned by blockchain technology, which allows for a highly secure digital... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2017 Without change, the South African mining industry would lose another 100 000 jobs, said Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, who six years ago accurately predicted the recent 100 000 job demise in South African mining. “I'll say it again, absent of change, we’ll lose another 100 000 jobs,” the... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Mountain Province prices $330m senior second-lien notes to settle construction debt

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd December 2017 Diamond producer Mountain Province Diamonds has launched a $330-million debt financing to settle its Gahcho Kué project construction loan facility and to repay previously sunk expenses by the mine’s majority owner and operator De Beers Canada. The Toronto-headquartered company is offering senior... 

Firestone revises mine plan amid lower diamond values

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds has made a good start to mining at the Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho, with all operational targets within management's control having either been met or exceeded after the mine development project was completed within budget. However, lower-than-expected average diamond... 

Russia's 51-ct diamond named for Romanovs fails to sell

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 The most expensive diamond ever polished in Russia, named Dynasty after the Romanov-era Imperial Court, failed to sell in an auction. Alrosa said it didn’t receive a high enough offer for the 51.4-carat gem in a November 29 online auction. The stone has the best so-called triple excellence... 

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2017 The 'mine of tomorrow' is expected to be a factory-like entity equipped with a multiplicity of autonomous devices, which are controlled by technology savvy personnel working from remote centres, attendees of the natural resources forum heard in Sandton on Thursday. The ‘mine of tomorrow’ would... 

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era
Dassault Systèmes Geovia CEO Raoul Jacquand interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on mine modernisation. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Karowe to produce up to 290 000 ct in 2018

By: Anine Kilian     30th November 2017 Canadian diamond junior Lucara Diamond’s Karowe mine, in Botswana, is expected to process between 2.4-million and 2.7-million tonnes of ore and produce between 270 000 ct and 290 000 ct of diamonds in 2018.  In an update to shareholders on Thursday, the diamond miner noted that the performance of... 

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