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Diamond perestroika

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Millennia may come and go but diamonds are forever 

Smile resources are IT

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Editorial 

From Soweto to the CSO

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Entering the new millennium will demand a fine balance between all the participants in the diamond industry, from mining to retail level. 

Second sniff at Congo’s resource opportunities

By: System Author     20th August 1999 In the run-up to, and in the aftermath of the October 1996 rebellion in Zaire, which led to the overthrow of one of Africa’s most despised despots, Mobutu Sese Seko, international mining companies began swarming. 

Guyana privatisation evokes local interest

By: System Author     6th August 1999 South African diversified minerals group Billiton – now domiciled in London – has been shortlisted in the Guyanese government’s bauxite privatisation programme, while a South African-owned junior has won the right to search for gold and diamonds in the west of the country,... 

New gold-recovery proposed

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The teetering gold-mining situation has seen a spate of innovative solutions that could help improve production, but new company Askari Mining & Equipment, of Klerksdorp, North West Province, seems to stand head and shoulders above the rest with an innovation that could make a radical difference... 

A project six-pack

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Anglovaal Mining is in the throes of expanding on six fronts, the group’s largest brace of projects since its 1950s heyday. Under the leadership of CEO Rick Menell, 44 – a third-generation member of the family which co-founded the company – are multi-billion-rand initiatives in... 

Sexwale’s vision to consolidate Orange river diamond basin

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Crouching down on his haunches, politician-turned-businessman Tokyo Sexwale pores over copies of geological and metallogenic maps which lie scatted across his office floor in Midrand, Gauteng. Only minutes earlier he had taken delivery of the documents from the Council for Geosciences in... 

SA’s big diamond dive intensifies

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The deep-sea diamond-mining capacity of De Beers Marine is set to increase significantly due to a R200-million investment in a new deep-sea mining vessel – the !Gariep (pronounced with a !click). The new vessel was bought in Singapore and was fitted and converted by Genrec in Durban harbour... 

Turmoil fails to tarnish DRC

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in turmoil since the eastern rebellion in 1996 which ousted the then dictator Mobutu and led to a new government in 1997. Though still in dispute with its neighbours, the country has managed to develop its natural resources in the south-eastern region,... 

Alexkor looks to the sea

By: System Author     16th July 1999 fter six weeks on site the Nabera Mining Consortium, which was awarded the management contract over the State’s Alexkor diamond-mining operation in the Northern Cape, was able to report a number of areas of progress to the end-of-June meeting of the government-appointed board responsible... 

Expansion project ‘largely complete’

By: System Author     16th July 1999 All the main works contracts and con- struction at the R2-billion expansion project at Debswana’s Orapa dia- mond-mine, in Botswana, are largely complete, reports construction manager Kevin Botha. “There are still small construction activities taking place, but nothing... 

New hands-free diamond sorting to be launched

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Within months, the Jwaneng diamond-mine in southern Botswana will be ready to introduce completely ‘hands-free’ diamond processing. The operation is in the final throes of a R460-million project to introduce South African technology that will automate its processing and sorting,... 

New-millennium diamond mine

By: System Author     16th July 1999 lthough the commissioning of the R2-billion expansion project at Orapa diamond-mine 240 km west of Francistown in Botswana got off to a slow start, project manager Dave Porter tells Mining Weekly that the project is ahead of the original completion date of January 1, 2000. Undertaken by Debswana,... 

India to train ten SA jewellers

By: System Author     9th July 1999 On the initiative of the South African High Commission in India, Jerry Matsila, ten South Africans from the North West Province will be trained by experts at the University of New Delhi in jewellery design and manufacture. Funded by the Indian Technical Education Commission, the programme will be... 

Metallogenic map of subequatorial Africa

By: System Author     9th July 1999 July 1999 is an important month for anyone involved in mining in Southern Africa – for the first time, an extensive metallogenic map will be released for the Southern African region, including crucial information such as the detailed location of mineral deposits as well as the... 

New X-ray scanner for mine security

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 IN collaboration with De Beers group security, Debtech has produced an X-ray scanner for security applications which is a strong, quick, safe and effective deterrent to the concealment of illegal items on or within the human body. Scannex is an ultra-low-dose, full through-body scanning X-ray... 

Diamond industry hit from all sides

By: System Author     25th June 1999 At the time of going to press all signs were positive that diamond giant De Beers was about to resume exporting diamonds to its marketing arm, the Central Selling Organisation (CSO), in London, with it in the process of assembling goods for export. The interruption in exports was due to a dispute... 

Mining locos taken for granted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Mining locomotives are such an established part of Southern African mining that they are taken for granted only too often. This has resulted in many users not utilising the full potential of their horizontal-transport investment. Mine rolling-stock and locomotive investment at present-day... 

Orapa mine all set to sparkle

By: System Author     25th June 1999 With only an occasional rumble as if disturbed in its sleep, the new diamond-recovery plant at Debswana’s Orapa mine, in Botswana, lies dormant in anticipation of its first breath of life within weeks. Construction workers are progressing at a rapid pace to complete the finer details on the... 

Africa’s most advanced diamond-training school

By: System Author     18th June 1999 With South Africa being a significant producer of gem-quality diamonds, various efforts are being undertaken to develop its downstream diamond industry. The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School in Johannesburg, funded by the Diamond Foundation and De Beers, provides the opportunity for... 

Low-cost diamond advantage

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A small diamond-mine in the Northern Province, discovered on ‘The Oaks’ farm, which yielded more than 7 400 carats in the first three months of operation, is referred to by De Beers chairperson Nicky Oppenheimer as an important advantage in an increasingly competitive environment, in... 

R2-billion Orapa expansion project is ahead of schedule

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The R2-billion project to double the production of Orapa diamond-mine 240 km west of Francistown in Botswana from six-million car/y to 12-million car/y is ahead of schedule, with the first diamonds from the commissioning phase expected to be produced by the beginning of August. The project is... 

SA production increases

By: System Author     18th June 1999 PROVISIONAL statistics indicate that South Africa’s rough-diamond production for last year amounted to about 10,5-million carats, an increase of 4,6% (some 460 000 carats) on the 10,04-million carats produced in 1997, reports Minerals Bureau chief mineral commodity specialist Ashok... 

Global search for diamonds

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Africa and Canada are the main focus areas of diamond giant De Beers’ global exploration programme, Mining Weekly can today report. “We have subdivided the world into three exploration areas – 

Stepping into the mining-house breach

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The changing mining industry is providing new opportunities for consulting engineers serving the mining industry. The phasing out of the old mining-house concept in particular is resulting in tenders being invited for work which was previously the preserve of the mine owners themselves. A firm... 

Trial mine for small miners

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The government’s commendable move towards establishing a more benign environment for small mining companies, is not only creating opportunities for junior operations to start up, but the innovative and unorthodox practices introduced by these are seeing the benefits being passed right down... 

Mechanised roof-bolting a hit

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Renewed focus on productivity and safety in the South African mining industry has sparked interest in the development of mechanised roof-bolting and other roof-support systems, reports Sandvik Tamrock business development director Gerald Elliott. In terms of underground mining methods, the South... 

Big diamond shake-up begins

By: System Author     21st May 1999 To resolve the long-standing tug-of-war played between the Government Diamond Valuator (GDV) and diamond exporters, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has retreated to the written law. Minerals and Energy Minister Penuell Maduna, speaking at a press conference earlier this month, said... 

Jwaneng mine Gaborone, Botswana

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Name: Jwaneng mine Location: 200 km south-west of Gaborone, Botswana Brief description: The Jwaneng kimberlite deposit is made up of three distinct lobes which coalesce 80 m below surface to make one sub-outcrop with an area of 54 ha. These pipes were discovered during the 1970s and overburden... 

‘Use it or lose it’ listing

By: System Author     14th May 1999 mong the first to list on the Johannes- burg Stock Exchange (JSE) as a result of changing government policy towards a more benign environment for small mining companies, is Noble Minerals. The company is about to enter the third and final phase of exploration at the Storm manganese deposit in the... 

BUSTED: Operation Egoli nets 100 suspects

By: System Author     14th May 1999 An eleven-month undercover operation by the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) diamond and gold branch, code-named Egoli, reached its climax two weeks ago with the arrest of 100 suspects. As the cherry on top, sufficient evidence, in the form of 8,5 kg of processed gold, has been found... 

Ekati Project Canada

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Name: Ekati Project Location: The mine is located in a remote tundra region near Lac de Gras in the Northwest Territories (NWT), about 200 km south of the Arctic Circle. Brief description The mine is situated on a 853 000-acre claim block (which includes 8 000 lakes) and is Canada’s first... 

Far East props up gold

By: System Author     14th May 1999 small band of gold producers that support the World Gold Council are riding united through the stormy winds of legislative change to find their own golden fleece in Far East markets. Through the council, gold producers are slowly opening up markets and increasing gold offtake. In 1992, India... 

Tanzania showing the way

By: System Author     14th May 1999 By instituting economic, financial and tax reforms in a reasonably stable political environment, Tanzania is aiming to provide the climate necessary for mines to flourish in the country. Tanzania is a rich source of gold, diamonds, base metals, platinum-group metals, ferrous metals, tin,... 

‘100-year mine’ on the cards

By: System Author     30th April 1999 To complete the exploration task at Mazal Mining’s Paardeberg East, 50 km west of Kimberley, more trenching, drilling and bulk sampling must be undertaken – trenching to expose the kimberlite on surface for a two-dimensional top view; percussion drilling to 60 m for a depth view; and... 

Diamonds of God

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Itzhak Shlomo (‘Tsuki’) Weltsman, 43, has had very few years of formal schooling. The eldest son of a steel-gate maker who emigrated to Israel from Germany in the 1930s, he began work as a diamond cutter at 13. By 22, he had opened his own cutting and polishing factory. In search of a... 

Diamonds of sea

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Marine diamond-mining is finally coming of age as technological advances provide operators with the means to conquer the treacherous conditions encountered when mining between the devilish weather and the deep blue sea. These advances are starting to see the marine diamond-mining sector realising... 

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