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New diamond-mine mooted for Zimbabwe

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th November 2002 The Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) group's Zimbabwean subsidiary is finalising a study to confirm the feasibility of developing a $35-million opencast diamond-mine in the south-west of the country, in what is viewed as President Robert Mugabe's government's latest triumph in its drive to attract foreign... 

Kabila sacks State diamond mining bosses

5th November 2002 President Joseph Kabila has sacked top managers from Congo's state diamond mining company, MIBA, in preparation for the country's long-awaited return to peace, officials said on Sunday. 

The Kimberley process: will diamonds' brightness defeat the darkness?

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2002 Remember the hysteria about 'blood diamonds'? Back in the year 2000 the propaganda against the diamond trade by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and activists, aroused by the human cost of the wars raging in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sierra Leone, had reached such a... 

Mlambo-Ngcuka to launch gem certification scheme

4th November 2002 The South African Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will be chairing the launch of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in Interlaken, Switzerland, tomorrow. 

New diamond-mine mooted for Zimbabwe

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st November 2002 The Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) group’s Zimbabwean subsidiary is finalising a study to confirm the feasibility of developing a $35-million opencast diamond-mine in the south west of the country, in what is viewed as President Robert Mugabe’s government’s latest triumph in its drive to... 

The Kimberley process: will diamonds' brightness defeat the darkness?

By: Keith Campbell     1st November 2002 Remember the hysteria about “blood diamonds”? Back in the year 2000 the propaganda against the diamond trade by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and activists, aroused by the human cost of the wars raging in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sierra Leone, had... 

Canadian miner announces drill results at gem prospect

31st October 2002 Canadian miner, SouthernEra Resources has released a report on microdiamond results, returned from the Sue and Sputnik kimberlite pipes at the Yamba Lake Project in the Northwest Territories. 

Mining group hurt by weak commodity prices

31st October 2002 The world's largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, posted a six percent fall in first quarter profit today, hurt by weak commodity prices, and warned of a still difficult market. 

Big project push from resources giant

By: Zonika Botha     29th October 2002 A number of the world’s largest resources group’s mining projects are well under way. 

UN defends DRC mining report

29th October 2002 The chief author of a U.N. report on the plundering of Congo's riches said last week that big mining firms, despite denials, played a crucial role in the looting of the African nation's gems and minerals. 

DRC wants UN help to stop plunder of minerals

28th October 2002 Congo's foreign minister urged the United Nations to help end the looting of his country's gems and minerals, and said the Kinshasa government would investigate its own officials named by a UN panel as beneficiaries of the pillaging. 

UN looting report angers African nations

24th October 2002 African nations rejected accusations of plunder on Tuesday, in an angry response to a UN report alleging key officials stole from the war-torn Congo's rich mineral resources. 

On-The-Air (18/10/2002)

18th October 2002 SAfm anchor Audrey Brown: It’s that time again on a Friday when AMLive engages in techno talk with Martin Creamer, Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Good morning, Martin. I hear that we can get money from a new textile and that new farming trials are under way to see... 

Gem giant still awaiting European approval of strategy

17th October 2002 Diamond giant De Beers, which voluntarily submitted its supplier of choice strategy to the European Commission in July last year, is still awaiting the outcome of an investigation into whether the business model breaches competition rules. 

Mining giant receives new ratings

17th October 2002 Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it assigned its single-‘A’-minus long-term and 'A-2' short-term corporate credit ratings to UK-based mining group Anglo American. The outlook is stable. 

Will new copper-silver project show way in DRC?

14th October 2002 The Dikulushi project in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), being developed by an Australian-listed mining company, is the first greenfields mining and processing project to come on-stream in the country during the tenure of its young president, Joseph Kabila. 

Oppenheimer says gem mining is a force for good

11th October 2002 De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer says diamond mining must be a force for good and a key element in the sustainable development of countries where diamonds are found. 

New gem-sampling programme off Namibia

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th October 2002 Follow-up sampling at Canadian diamond explorer Afri-Can Marine Minerals’ Block J concession off the Namibian coast, where reconnaissance sampling proved the presence of diamonds in different geological features, is to start before the end of this month. 

Will new copper-silver project show way in DRC?

11th October 2002 The Dikulushi project in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), being developed by an Australian-listed mining company, is the first greenfields mining and processing project to come on-stream in the country during the tenure of its young president Joseph Kabila. 

Study begins on Botswana gold prospect

By: Deborah Spicer     8th October 2002 Botswana's one prospect for future gold production will be confirmed by a bankable feasibility study being carried out by Gallery Gold near Francistown in the Tati greenstone belt. 

Diamond market solid for now - Oppenheimer

8th October 2002 Global gem giant De Beers said yesterday the international diamond market was "okay" for now, but added that the depressed state of the world economy gave cause for concern. 

Junior in mineral-rights deal in Limpopo

7th October 2002 In a statement released last week, Blue Diamond Mines – a 100% held subsidiary of Petra – announced it has signed a five-year option agreement with Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration, in terms of which Rio Tinto will conduct a work programme over seven of Petra’s mineral rights... 

Study begins on Botswana gold prospect

By: Deborah Spicer     4th October 2002 Botswana’s one prospect for future gold production will be confirmed by a bankable feasibility study being carried out by Gallery Gold near Francistown in the Tati greenstone belt. 

Miner not to renew gem contract with DTC

3rd October 2002 The world's largest diamond miner, De Beers, said on Tuesday that miner BHP Billiton had decided not to renew an agreement whereby De Beers markets diamonds unearthed from BHP Billiton's Ekati mine in Canada, Reuters reports. 

Congo rebels criticised for mining investment call

1st October 2002 Wanted: Congolese rebels seek foreign investors to tap fabulous mineral wealth buried under one of the world's most volatile patches of real estate. 

Africa to launch scheme to end dirty diamond trade

1st October 2002 Southern African countries will launch a scheme in November to try to end the trade in so-called blood diamonds, funding many of the continent's conflicts, a senior regional official said on Sunday. 

Optoelectronic sorting allows for outsourcing opportunity

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 The opto-electronic sorting of a mine’s minerals looks to be the latest outsourced function in the South African industry following the introduction of a revolutionary new sorting technology by newly-established company Tollsort. 

West coast gem explorer reports good grades

26th September 2002 South African diamond explorer Namakwa Diamond Company has continued to report good diamond recoveries and grades from its West Coast Project, with the latest bulk sample yielding 1 014 diamonds at the impressive geological grade of 26,9 carats per hundred tons (cpht). 

Gem miner secures alluvial assets in Angola

26th September 2002 JSE-listed Trans Hex Group has secured two of the most sought-after alluvial diamond concessions, with already delineated reserves exceeding 1,7-million carats, as the starting point for its mining venture into Angola. 

Messina platinum plant commissioned

23rd September 2002 Canadian miner, SouthernEra Resources has announced the successful commissioning of the Messina Platinum Mine’s new 90 000t per month Phase 1 Platinum Concentrator Plant. 

Mining key to reconstructing Sierra Leone

By: Keith Campbell     20th September 2002 Sierra Leone, devastated by a decade (1991 to 2001) of brutal civil war, is hoping that the mining sector will play a major role in its reconstruction process. 

Mining key in Sierra Leone reconstruction

By: Keith Campbell     20th September 2002 Sierra Leone, devastated by a decade (1991 to 2001) of brutal civil war, is hoping that the mining sector will play a major role in its reconstruction process. 

Canadian miner added to S&P index

20th September 2002 Candian miner, SouthernEra Resources has announced its admission to the S&P/TSX Composite Index. 

Technical ceramics partnership forged

20th September 2002 The Assore group has fused the complementary strengths of Ceramox and Wonderstone Ltd to provide a major new force in the technical ceramics arena. 

End to Kloof's rich-mine culture

By: Marius Roodt     20th September 2002 One of the most promising new appointments by Gold Fields is that of turnaround specialist Neal Froneman, 43. 

Mechanised system to boost platinum-mine's productivity

By: Joanne Delaurentis     20th September 2002 A new mechanised mining method to be implemented at SouthernEra’s Messina platinum-mine is expected to increase safety and productivity, as well as decrease overall costs by some 7%, chief operating officer Mike Eksteen tells Mining Weekly. 

Central African Republic needs better gem-trade management

19th September 2002 Images of diamonds painted on the crumbing walls where the street children sleep are the only clue to the Central African Republic's most lucrative export. 

Good results from West Coast gem exploration

17th September 2002 Gem miner Namakwa Diamond Company is upping the ante on ongoing exploration at its diamond project on South Africa’s West Coast, after unveiling some spectacular high-grade results from a recently excavated bulk-sampling trench. 

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