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Zimbabwe considers building gold, diamond reserves to back currency relaunch

By: Bloomberg     Updated 4 hours ago Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said his government is considering building reserves of gold and diamonds to back the eventual relaunch of the country’s own currency. The nation abandoned the Zimbabwe dollar in February 2009 after an economic collapse saw inflation surge to about... 

Gold market mulling blockchain to secure $200bn of supply

By: Bloomberg     Updated 4 hours ago Gold is going digital. Blockchain technology may help keep track of the roughly $200 billion of the precious metal dug from remote mines, traded by middlemen and melted down by recyclers that’s sold each year to buyers scattered around the world. 

Zimbabwe may scrap local ownership rule on platinum, diamonds

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Zimbabwe, which has the world’s second-biggest platinum reserves, may lift a requirement that companies mining the metal or diamonds must be at least 51%-owned by black citizens of the country, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said. Mnangagwa, who became president in November after Robert Mugabe... 

Gem Diamonds makes fourth 100-ct-plus discovery at Letšeng this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds on Monday reported that it has the recovered a 149 ct, D-colour Type IIa diamond, with excellent shape, from its 70%-owned Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This is the fourth high-quality diamond of over 100 ct recovered so far this year, and follows closely upon the recovery of... 

Millennials snubbing diamonds has hedge fund seeing slump deepen

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2018 Diamonds are set to slump further, according to a hedge fund whose bet on marijuana made it the world’s best performer in 2016. Prices of the precious gem may slump as much as 10% this year as it loses appeal with younger consumers and faces challenges from synthetic alternatives, said... 

BlueRock starts mining new kimberlite pipe, expects improved results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2018 South African-focused diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds made a number of planned modifications to the crushing circuit at its Kareevlei diamond mine, near Kimberley, during a three-week Christmas break. The modifications are expected to improve the method of feeding ore to the crushers. 

Firestone Diamonds revises Liqhobong mine plan to yield better results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds, which sold 156 942 ct of diamonds recovered at its Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho, in the quarter ended December 31, has adopted a revised mine plan to increase cash flow in the short term, while resolving issues that affect the value of recovered diamonds. Diamonds... 

Lucapa’s Angola mine delivers its second 100-ct diamond for 2018

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Australia-based miner Lucapa Diamond Company is starting the year off on a high note, announcing on Wednesday that it had recovered another 100-ct plus stone at its Lulo project, in Angola. The 116 ct low-quality diamond is the second 100-ct plus stone recovered in the first three weeks of the... 

November mining figures impress, but volatility seems to be on the cards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 While the local November mining production statistics showed a relatively solid increase by 6.5% year-on-year, bolstered by platinum group metals (PGMs), iron-ore and coal, the longer-term prospects for the industry remain less certain, owing to a difficult operating environment and policy... 

De Beers turns to blockchain to track diamond origins and purity

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers aims to launch the first industry-wide blockchain this year to track gems each time they change hands starting from the moment they are dug from the ground, its chief executive said on Tuesday. De Beers, the world's biggest diamond producer by the value of... 

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 

Rockwell subsidiaries sale still on the table

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 A two-pronged purchase offer by Ascot Diamonds to acquire the three bankrupt South African subsidiaries, and later, a Cayman-based entity of Canadian miner Rockwell Diamonds is still a viable solution to achieve a sale transaction and therefore, a higher recovery value for creditors, Rockwell... 

Gem discovers 910 ct diamond

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 910 ct, D colour Type IIa diamond from its Lesotho-based Letšeng mine. The diamond, the largest recovered from the mine, is believed to be the fifth-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered. 

Fura closes in on Colombian emerald mine buy; to create single-stop Dubai-based gemstone shop

By: Henry Lazenby     13th January 2018 Canadian gemstone-focused miner Fura Gems is setting up a single-stop destination in Dubai, where rubies and emeralds produced from its Mozambique and Colombian assets will be graded and sold at the Almas Tower. “The Almas Tower is arguably one of the most secure spaces in the world, from where... 

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,... 

Alrosa’s 2017 rough and polished sales dip to $4.3bn

By: Mariaan Webb     11th January 2018 Russian miner Alrosa’s diamond sales fell to $4.27-billion in 2017, from $4.45-billion in the previous year, as the average price of its rough diamonds dipped. Reporting on the group’s 2017 sales figures, VP Yury Okoemov explained on Thursday that the average price of rough diamonds sold by... 

Creamer Media wows market with combined subscription offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2018 Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa is a powerful information tool, providing real-time intelligence on industry and mining developments in Africa. Publishing Editor, Martin Creamer urges readers to “make a smart choice for 2018 and take up Creamer Media’s combined subscription offer”.  This... 

Rosneft decides against bid for Alrosa's gas assets for now

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 Rosneft has decided against bidding for gas assets being sold by diamond miner Alrosa, at least for now, the Russian energy company said on Wednesday, saying the auction terms were unacceptable. The world's largest producer of rough diamonds plans to sell its gas assets in Russia's Yamalo-Nenets... 

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... 

Connemara reports positive results from drilling programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 Aim-listed Connemara on Thursday reported that slightly less than 300 mhave been drilled on three holes, with sampling and mapping having been completed elsewhere, across its 100%-owned Mine River gold project area, in Wicklow and Wexford, northern Ireland. The company now expected drill and... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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.  

BME’s West African footprint expands as it clinches Mali blasting service contract

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 West Africa remains an exciting region for South Africa-based explosives and blasting leader BME, which has won a full blasting service contract for a new opencast gold mining operation that is set to become the largest producer in Mali. From 2006 to 2015, 18 mines were opened in the region,... 

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... 

Programme to position Ghanaian firms to gain greater share of mineral sector procurement 

By: Tracy Hancock     15th December 2017 Marking a significant point in Ghana’s quest to domesticate the provisions in the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) into its own Country Mining Vision (CMV), the Ghanaian government officially launched its National Suppliers Development Programme (NSDP) in 2 November 2017. The NSDP builds and expands on... 

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. 

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