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Zimbabwe's parliament orders Mugabe to answer questions over diamonds

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Zimbabwe's parliament has ordered former leader Robert Mugabe to answer questions next month about whether the state was deprived of $15-billion in diamond revenue, a legislator said on Friday. It will be Mugabe's first public appearance since last November when the army deposed him in a de facto... 

Trans Hex to dispose of Lower Orange River operations

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 JSE-listed diamond mining company Trans Hex’s subsidiary Trans Hex Operations (THO) has entered into an agreement to sell its Lower Orange River (LOR) operations – the Bloeddrif and Baken mines – to black women-owned LOR Diamonds for R72-million. The agreement includes the disposal of the... 

Diamond miner Alrosa’s first-quarter production slumps

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa on Friday reported a 17% year-on-year decrease in its first-quarter production, as the shutdown of the Mir underground division weighed on its performance and lower-grade ores were processed from the Jubilee pipe. The miner produced 7.42-million carats in the quarter,... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Worldwide, the mining industry has been recovering from the slump that started in 2012. “After a challenging 2013/14 when the prices of commodities plummeted across the board, 2016 and 2017 have seen resurging prices for aluminium, copper, zinc, nickel, lead, palladium and, more modestly, gold,”... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Worldwide, the mining industry has been recovering from the slump that started in 2012. “After a challenging 2013/14 when the prices of commodities plummeted across the board, 2016 and 2017 have seen resurging prices of aluminium, copper, zinc, nickel, lead, palladium, and more modestly in gold,”... 

First phase of Lesotho diamond mine project poised for commercial production in second half of 2018

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th April 2018 Angola- and Lesotho-focused diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company believes that once the Mothae diamond mine, in Lesotho, enters into full production, the operation, paired with the company’s Lulo alluvial diamond mine, in Angola, will position it as one of few worldwide to have two mines... 

Promise of Vision 2030 for mining new breath of fresh air

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2018 The announcement by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that it is engaged in the development of a Vision 2030 for mining is a positive step in the right direction after years of short-term pussyfooting by a department that had fallen behind those of competitive mining jurisdictions in... 

Alrosa opens Mumbai representative office

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th April 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has opened a representative office in Mumbai, India, on the territory of the Bharat Diamond Bourse. The office will not conduct any trading activity and will be concentrated on strengthening ties with Indian market, the company said on Thursday. 

Letšeng mining lease to be extended – Gem

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2018 The Lesotho government has announced its intention to renew JSE-listed Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mining lease until 2034. The mining lease may be further extended if necessary in relation to any underground development of the mine thereafter. 

Firestone sees high recoveries in first quarter

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2018 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds recovered 192 604 ct of diamonds from its Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho, in the three months to March 31. Recoveries were 6.6% higher than the previous quarter, resulting in a year-to-date total of 572 320 ct.  

De Beers to launch pilot programme to aid artisanal, small-scale miners

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Diamond miner De Beers is preparing to pilot a programme, called GemFair, to support the formalisation of artisanal and small-scale (ASM) diamond mining and trading.  

Missing $15bn diamond revenue – 'It's all lies,' says Mugabe

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has retracted his remarks over the alleged missing $15-billion diamond revenue amid investigations by the national assembly, according to a report. In a claim that's coming back to haunt him, the former Zimbabwe strongman said in 2016 that $15-billion... 

Star Diamond’s Saskatchewan projects shine with C$2bn after-tax NPV

By: Henry Lazenby     17th April 2018 The TSX-quoted equity of project developer Star Diamond (formerly Shore Gold) closed in the black on Monday after a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its fully-owned Star-Orion South kimberlite projects reported strong metrics. The PEA reported an after-tax net present value on a... 

Lucapa production increases in March quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th April 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa has reported a 10% increase in production during the March quarter, with 4 507 carats recovered during the three months under review. Lucapa told shareholders that 58 special diamonds were recovered during the quarter under review, which was a 53% on the previous quarter.... 

Stornoway's lower Q1 output belies Renard's large diamond potential

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 Quebec’s sole diamond mine owner and operator Stornoway Diamond Corp has reported higher prices during the first quarter ended March 31 for diamonds produced from its Renard mine, which is increasingly showing a tendency to produce large diamonds. A stronger diamond market in general and the sale... 

DMR welcomes mineral production increase

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Friday welcomed the year-on-year increase in mineral production in February, on the back of higher commodity prices.  Data released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday shows that mineral production increased by 3.1% year-on-year, with diamonds,... 

Services demand in Africa rising

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Over the past two years, local mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi has registered a rise in demand of between 20% and 30% for its service offering across Africa. The demand can mostly be attributed to the openpit operations across South Africa and Africa, but also to openpit operations... 

Diamond producers conference calls for collaboration, cooperation between stakeholders

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 Mining industry body South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) hosted its second yearly Digger’s Conference at the All Seasons Resort in Christiana, in North West province, last month. The organisation chose Christiana because it is centrally located between the two provinces where the... 

Tsodilo recovers 101 diamonds during independent diamond classifier

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources has recovered 101 diamonds, representing 18.57 ct, from samples by an independent and experienced diamond classifier at its BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa Kimberlite Field (OKF), in Botswana. The diamondiferous BK16 kimberlite pipe is approximately 6 ha in size... 

Lucara recovers 472 ct diamond at Karowe

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamonds has recovered a 472 ct, top light brown gem diamond in Botswana. It is the third largest diamond recovered from the company’s 100%-owned Karowe diamond mine. 

South Africa mining production up 3.1% in February

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 South Africa’s mining production increased by 3.1% year-on-year in February, bolstered by a strong contribution from diamonds and iron-ore, according to the latest figures published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Wednesday. The February production growth, which exceeded consensus... 

NWF to raise A$3m through share placement

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 ASX-listed Newfield Resources (NWF), which plans to acquire the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of Africa-focused Stellar Diamonds for £7.74-million, will raise A$3-million through the issue of 15-million new shares. The shares will be sold at A$0.20 a share. 

Impact, Consensas partner to develop solutions to ensure conflict-free mineral sourcing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 Natural resources management company Impact and technology company Consensas have partnered to create solutions to enable companies to confidently source minerals from conflict-prone and high-risk areas, while compensating women and men in local artisanal mining communities for supply chain... 

Agarwal offers Anglo help in tapping India's 1.3bn people

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 Anglo American’s biggest shareholder, billionaire Anil Agarwal, has offered to help the mining giant expand into India. “That’s a big market for them,” Agarwal said in an interview in Lusaka. “I am going to help them if they need to open up that market for them to work there.” 

Mugabe to be summoned over diamond mining probe

By: African News Agency      11th April 2018 Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is to be summoned by a committee of lawmakers in Zimbabwe to testify at a parliament probe into lost revenue from diamond mining. The lawmakers plan to question Mugabe over his 2016 claim that the country had lost $15-billion (12.13-billion euros) in income... 

Mountain Province, Kennady shareholders overwhelmingly vote in favour of merger

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Overwhelming majorities of Mountain Province Diamonds and Kennady Diamonds shareholders have approved the proposed merger of the companies. TSX- and Nasdaq-listed Mountain Province said that about 93% of the shareholders present in person or represented by proxy at the shareholder meeting on... 

Alrosa sells $559.5m worth of diamonds in March

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa sold $559.5-million worth of rough and polished diamonds in March, an increase on February’s sales of $541.9-million, despite a slight seasonal cooling off in demand during the month. Deputy CEO Yury Okoemov said in a statement that auctions of diamonds larger than... 

Petra Diamonds secures new debt agreements with lenders

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 Petra Diamonds said on Tuesday that it has finalised an agreement with its lenders for a waiver of its December 2017 debt covenant and a resetting of debt agreements for this year. The London-listed miner started talks with its banks earlier this year after the confiscation of a consignment of... 

Senior govt officials, including Zim VP 'to appear before Parliament' about $15bn diamond scandal

By: News24Wire      10th April 2018 Several senior government officials have reportedly been summoned by Zimbabwe's parliamentary portfolio committee on mines and energy over the missing $15-billion diamond revenue. According to reports, former President Robert Mugabe, announced in 2015 that $15-billion of diamonds were spirited... 

BlueRock’s Q1 production in line with expectations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa’s Northern Cape province, processed 38 781 t of ore in the quarter ended March 31, compared with the 9 310 t processed in the first quarter of 2017.  

Zimbabwe's biggest platinum miner says local listing won't work

By: Bloomberg     6th April 2018 Impala Platinum Holdings said Zimbabwe’s plan to compel mining companies to list the majority of their shares on the local exchange isn’t feasible and would impede operators’ ability to grow and invest in their assets. Lawmakers in the southern African nation are debating the measure as part of a... 

Digital tools deliver transparency, control to deep-level mining

     6th April 2018 To deliver transparency and control to deep-level and other mining operations, global supplier of engineering and mining equipment Sandvik has developed the next generation of service offering from Optimine, OptiMine Analytics, which can  transform data into process improvements through... 

Angola seeks to further expand its diamond sector against a backdrop of rising output

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 Angola’s diamond exports in January brought in the second highest price per carat ($136.24) for monthly sales since October 2016, the Portuguese news agency Lusa has reported. The highest price per carat ($138.60) for monthly sales in this period was achieved in November last year.  

Zimbabwe wants mining companies to list on local exchange

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2018 Zimbabwe wants mining companies operating in the country to list the majority of their shares on the local exchange, stirring uncertainty among investors as the nation with the world’s biggest platinum reserves after South Africa tries to bring in money to fix the economy. “No mining right or... 

Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe mining rush leaves big producers behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd April 2018 While Zimbabwe’s leadership change has sparked a race for the nation’s mineral riches among entrepreneurs and tiny explorers, big-name mining companies are taking a wait-and-see approach. New President Emmerson Mnangagwa has a lot to prove as he seeks to revive the economy and attract mining... 

Masisi to lead Botswana as Khama steps down after decade

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2018 Ian Khama, a former army general who’s led Botswana for the past decade, will step down on Sunday, leaving his deputy Mokgweetsi Masisi in charge of the world’s second-biggest diamond producer until next year’s elections. While Masisi, 55, will inherit one of Africa’s wealthiest and... 

Innovative mobile toilet solutions suit mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Cape Town-based premier mobile ablutions and toilets supplier Absolute Ablutions is offering the mining industry an innovative range of toilets, providing the most effective and affordable sanitation for remote mining sites. A variety of high-quality toilet units, including basic non-flush,... 

Botswana's Debswana says expects further rise in diamond output

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Botswana's Debswana Diamond Mining said on Tuesday production jumped 11% to a three-year high in 2017 and it expects growth this year as lower taxes in the US leave consumers with more to spend on luxury goods. Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers and the southern African country's... 

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