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De Beers diamond venture to lay off at least 130 in Namibia – union

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Namdeb, a joint venture between Namibia's government and Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers, is expected to lay off at least 130 of its 1,700-strong workforce, a union official said on Wednesday. Shavuka Mbidhi, from the Mineworkers Union of Namibia's Oranjemund branch, said the diamond miner... 

Only four diamonds are bigger than one just found at famed mine

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2018 A small, embattled diamond miner just hit the jackpot. The 910-carat stone found by Gem Diamonds Ltd. high in the mountains of Lesotho in southern Africa is the fifth-largest in history. Here are the bigger ones: THE CULLINAN DIAMOND 

Botswana’s Okavango posts record diamond sales at $567m

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Botswana’s Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) posted a 4% jump in sales to $567-million in 2017, the highest annual sales since its formation in 2013, the company said on Thursday. The State-owned company sold 3.41-million carats of diamonds in 2017, managing director Marcus ter Haar told Reuters,... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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 ones, thereby reflecting a degree of positivity, as well as signs of growth. This also points to 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

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... 

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 

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... 

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... 

Mining players employing strategic moves 

     29th November 2017 South32 has okayed a R4.3-billion project at Klipspruit and is looking to set up its energy coal business as a standalone entity, while De Beers has placed its Voerspoed diamond mine on the market and BHP Billiton has committed to exiting its US onshore oil and gas. Mining Weekly editor Martin... 

De Beers’ Voorspoed diamond mine on market

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2017 The decision of diamond giant De Beers to place its Voorspoed diamond mine on the market opens the way for a lower-cost operator to buy the mine and potentially extend its life, the company said on Monday, when it invited expressions of interest from prospective buyers and appointed Standard Bank... 

Qasim Abrahams

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Qasim Abrahams, VP Sales & Service Southern Africa, Metso Southern Africa, which supplies equipment, services and process knowledge to mining, from the pit to the handling of the end product 

Mountain Province records higher revenues from 9th diamond tender

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2017 The seventh sale of diamonds produced from Mountain Province Diamonds’ 49%-owned Gahcho Kué mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, saw the average price of rough stones strengthen, despite a cautious market. The Toronto-headquartered company, which has a 49% stake in the Gahcho Kué mine, in... 

De Beers JV starts planning construction of largest offshore diamond mining vessel

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2017 Planning for what could potentially be the world’s largest custom-built offshore diamond mining vessel has been initiated, diamond giant De Beers announced this week. The Government of Namibia and De Beers’ 50:50 joint venture Debmarine Namibia is aiming to start the operation of a new... 

De Beers reports uptick in demand ahead of Christmas

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th November 2017 An uptick in demand for diamonds ahead of Christmas has contributed to De Beers reporting sales of $455-million for its ninth sales cycle of the year, compared with sales of $376-million in the eighth sales cycle. This was, however, lower than the sales of $476-million achieved in the ninth sales... 

Voorspoed mine cohosts study camp for matric students

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 More than 370 matric learners from various schools in the Fezile Dabi district, in the Free State, benefited from De Beers’ Voorspoed mine’s education camp programme, which ran from October 15 to 22, at Landbou Skool in Kroonstad. The Voorspoed mine and the Free State Department of Education in... 

De Beers posts 46% higher diamond output

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Diamond major De Beers’ rough diamond production for the third quarter of the year increased by 46% year-on-year to 9.2-million carats, reflecting stable trading conditions, as well as the contribution from the ramp-up of the Gahcho Kué joint venture diamond mine, in Canada. Production in Canada... 

Small-scale opencast mining to boost industry

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 For diamond mining company De Beers’ Venetia mine GM, Benford Mokoatle, opencast mining is the future, owing to changing priorities and mindsets within industry, which must occur to sustain the mining industry in South Africa. Specifically, Mokoatle says the country must begin focusing on... 

Diamond company invests in mining communities

By: Nica Schreuder     27th October 2017 There is a new language to be learnt and a new mindset to be adopted in South Africa’s opencast mining industry, says diamond mining company De Beers’ Limpopo-based Venetia mine GM Benford Mokoatle. As many underground resources have been depleted in the region, mining companies have been forced... 

Openpit mining prolific in recovery of miner’s diamonds

     27th October 2017 Openpit mining is the most common method of recovering its diamonds, says international diamond company De Beers, which operates several opencast mines in Africa, namely South Africa and Botswana. De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in 1888, is South Africa’s largest rough diamond... 

Resources Watch  

     26th October 2017 Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining; Young HDSA diamond beneficiators doing well; And, Diamond exploration intensifying close to mine that paid for itself in 3.5 days 

Relook at low-carat pipes could spring big diamond surprises   

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2017 Diamond kimberlites with a very low number of carats per hundred tons have in the past tended to be passed over by diamond mine developers, but their propensity to host big Type II diamonds that sell for large sums of money is now being acknowledged. Although diamond company De Beers walked away... 

De Beers’ Q3 output rises 46% y/y

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 Diamond major De Beers’ rough diamond production for the third quarter of the year increased by 46% year-on-year to 9.2-million carats, reflecting stable trading conditions, as well as the contribution from the ramp-up of the Gahcho Kué joint venture mine, in Canada. Production in Canada... 

A century and a half later, major mining opportunities continue to beckon

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2017 With this year marking the 150th anniversary of South Africa’s diamond business, one would imagine that the country has been completely explored and that the country should be looking to an end being brought to this pioneering industry. But this is not so. In an interview with Mining Weekly, the... 

Diamond exploration intensifying close to mine that paid for itself in 3.5 days 

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2017 London- and Botswana-listed Botswana Diamonds, which is funding diamond exploration on three sites in South Africa, expects to declare an inferred resource by year-end at its Thorny River project in Limpopo, which is located very close to the Marsfontein mine that had an astonishing... 

De Beers’ eighth sales cycle nets $370m

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2017 Diamond miner De Beers reported revenue of $370-million for its eighth rough diamond sales cycle of this year. This was lower than the $494-million in revenue earned in the eighth sales cycle of 2016. 

Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2017 Unless South Africa starts exploring again and finds new ore deposits, the country will continue to turn out the lights of the mining sector. With poor policy added, disinvestment and lack of interest will ultimately stop South Africa’s mining industry in its tracks, which will deal a colossal... 

On-The-Air (06/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources has dealt the economy a heavy blow by forcing the exploration of diamond giant De Beers to grind to a halt; South Africa’s foremost black miner this week committed the industry to doing all it can to build a better South Africa; and The world’s oldest mine this... 

De Beers launches business incubator to promote SMMEs near Limpopo operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Diamond company De Beers has officially launched its second business incubator near its Venetia diamond mine operations in Limpopo. The incubator’s accelerated development programme aims to promote upcoming entrepreneurs, as well as small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) from mining... 

Vacuum technology for secure conveyance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 It is often more beneficial to use vacuum technology for material conveyance in mineral and metal processing plants, compared with traditional conveyors, as material is sealed inside an enclosed pipe, preventing potential spillages.  

Generous De Beers bursaries for varsity students

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 When Ndlaleni Prudence Mkwanazi applied for tertiary education financial assistance from diamond company De Beers’ Voorspoed diamond mine, in Free State, earlier this year, little did she anticipate the great news she would receive. After all, the financial assistance programmes that she... 

Botswana Diamonds ‘the only company’ exploring for kimberlites in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Diamond mining and exploration company Botswana Diamonds “has South Africa to itself” in terms of exploring for new and undiscovered kimberlites, as no other major exploration projects are currently under way, according to MD James Campbell.  

‘Material, newsworthy’ diamond finds on the rise – analyst

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2017 There has been a marked increase in the number of publicly reported special diamond finds in recent years, with 61 of 66 press-released diamond finds in the last nine years taking place in the last five years, noted independent diamond industry analyst and consultant Paul Zimnisky in a new report... 

Diamond stocks are crashing this year, but gem prices aren't

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2017 It’s been a surprisingly ugly year for most diamond companies. Shares of small producers, mainly focused on mines in southern Africa and Canada, have tumbled more than 30 percent during the past year and each company seems to be embroiled in its own mess. 

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.... 

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