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Gemstones News

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... 

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
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Richland halts operations at Queensland sapphire mine

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Aim-listed Richland Resources has temporarily suspended mining activities at its Capricorn sapphire mine, in Queensland, citing extreme weather conditions and a weak market environment. The company said on Monday that it had decided to halt operations to conserve cash resources, as heavy rainfall... 

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.

Pallinghurst targets London, okays share buyback, halves executive pay

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Pallinghurst, which has moved fast to stabilise the now-integrated coloured gemstone acquisition, is initiating a listing on the main board of the London Stock Exchange, going ahead immediately with a share buyback programme and benefitting from executive... 

Pallinghurst targets London, okays share buyback, halves executive pay
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Pallinghurst CE Arne Frandsen

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
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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Richland sees signs of sapphire pricing recovery

By: Mariaan Webb     13th November 2017 Aim-listed Richland Resources’ strategy shift to larger-scale sales events appears to be yielding results, with CEO Bernard Olivier reporting on Monday that the company had started to see signs of prices recovering. Richland, which owns the Capricorn mine in Queensland, achieved total sales... 

Pallinghurst's Gemfields earns record $55m in latest ruby auction

By: Anine Kilian     13th November 2017 JSE-listed Pallinghurst Resources’ Gemfields subsidiary has generated $55-million in revenue from an auction of rough rubies. The auction, which was held in Singapore from November 6 to 10, generated the highest revenues ever attained at a Gemfields auction. 

Sapphire prices under pressure from Madagascar influx – Richland

By: Mariaan Webb     1st November 2017 An influx of gemstones from Madagascar is putting the price of sapphire under pressure, prompting Australian producer Richland Resources to shift its sales strategy. The London-listed company, which operates the Capricorn mine in Queensland, has transitioned towards larger-scale, more strategic... 

Pallinghurst’s latest auction rakes in $21.5-million

By: Anine Kilian     6th October 2017 An auction of higher-quality rough emeralds held by JSE-listed Pallinghurst subsidiary, Gemfields, has generated revenues of $21.5-million. The auction saw 36 companies placing bids with a strong overall average value of $66.21/ct, the second-highest per carat price achieved by Gemfields’... 

Despite lower valuation, research firm provides favourable update for Mustang

By: Ilan Solomons     29th September 2017 Australian and US investment research firm Independent Investment Research (IIR) has updated its valuation for ASX-listed junior miner Mustang Resources, with this resulting in a slightly lower base case 12-month price target of $85-million, or $0.16 a share, a 225% premium to the current price.... 

Despite lower valuation, research firm provides  favourable update for Mustang
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POSITIVE RESULTS Bulk sampling and test pitting within the newly acquired 8245L licence at Montepuez is delivering high quality stones from this secondary deposit

Integration of Gemfields realising cost benefits – Pallinghurst

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2017 The integration of Gemfields is beginning to realise cost benefits, Pallinghurst reported on Tuesday when it reiterated its transformation into a long-life operating mining company from being a former closed-end investment vehicle. In presenting half-year results of the company on Tuesday,... 

Integration of Gemfields realising cost benefits – Pallinghurst
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Pallinghurst CEO Arne Frandsen

Pallinghurst widens H1 losses

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 JSE-listed Pallinghurst Resources expects its losses for the six months to June 30, to widen, owing to decreases in the valuation of the company’s investments. A headline loss a share of $0.10 is anticipated for the half year under review, deteriorating from a headline loss a share of $0.04... 

Tanzanian ministers implicated in diamond-mining probe quit

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2017 Two Tanzanian ministers resigned after President John Magufuli told government officials suspected of wrongdoing in an investigation into the nation’s diamond- and Tanzanite-mining industries to step down. Edwin Ngonyani, a deputy minister of works, transport and communication, said he resigned... 

Richland’s Queensland sapphire mine approaches profitability

By: Mariaan Webb     7th August 2017 The ramp up of the Capricorn sapphire mine to 1.2-million carats a quarter has lifted Richland Resources’ half-year performance, with the Aim-listed company on Monday reporting a significant revenue increase. The mine, in Queensland, delivered 1.96-million carats in the first six months of the... 

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