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On-The-Air 23/08/2002

23rd August 2002 SAfm anchor John Perlman As always on a Friday at this time, AMLive is joined by Martin Creamer, Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Martin, a very good morning to you. We have talked about mining gold in Johannesburg before. I believe a big step forward there? Martin... 

Sexwale has plans to grow gem miner

20th August 2002 South African diamond miner Trans Hex says the appointment of Tokyo Sexwale as chairman signals the beginning of an aggressive expansion phase. 

Second half will be tougher for gem sales

13th August 2002 Global gem giant De Beers yesterday reported an 8,5% rise in first-half rough diamond sales to $2,84-billion, but said it did not expect sales or cashflow to be as sparkling in the final six months of 2002. 

Gilbertson calls for calm on mine charter

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2002 The South African CE of the world’s largest diversified miner brought a semblance of objectivity to the row surrounding the proposed mining charter yesterday suggesting that the initiative could even provide opportunities. 

Southern Africa ready for diamond certfication

6th August 2002 Southern African countries producing diamonds are ready for the implementation of an international certification scheme designed to halt trade in 'conflict diamonds', their mining ministers have declared. 

Bulk sampling under way at West Coast gem project

5th August 2002 Following the successful commissioning of its recently acquired 30-ton per hour Heavy Media Separation (HMS) plant, diamond miner Namakwa started bulk sampling excavation in April and processing operations at its diamond project on the South African West Coast in May. 

Oppenheimer sees good first half for diamonds

31st July 2002 Diamond giant De Beers' chairperson, Nicky Oppenheimer, yesterday said the company – which is 45% owned by Anglo American – had had a "good" first half and was working to bring more black people on board at De Beers and in the wider industry. 

New marine miner begins operations

29th July 2002 The JSE Securities-listed venture capital company Gilboa Properties has started with marine diamond mining on the first of several target areas of the Namagroen concessions on the South African west coast where previous sampling operations have indicated a high grade and exceptional quality of... 

Gem cutter reacts to Myburgh report allegations

25th July 2002 Diamond cutting and polishing company Equity Diamonds says it has not had sight of the Myburgh Commission report, but has expressed its extreme surprise at the reference to it in the report. 

Diamond, gold-mines embrace Oz gravity-separation solution

By: vanessa vasques     19th July 2002 From humble beginnings in the back-yard of those that established it, Gekkos Systems, which specialises in gold and diamond gravity-separation processes, is today a multimillion-dollar company bringing innovative technology to the mining industry across the world. 

State agency backs 33 mining ventures

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 While it is expected of the new Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Bill to create a more representative mining industry in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Entrepreneurial Mining and Beneficiation unit is quietly achieving precisely this. 

Anglo announces next chairperson

18th July 2002 Global mining giant Anglo American has appointed Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, the former head of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Group, as its new chairperson. 

Namibian gem miner has better output in 2001

18th July 2002 Namibian diamond producer Namdeb Diamond Corporation has exceeded its total production target for 2001 of 1,305-million carats by nearly 80 000 carats, with marine diamonds accounting for 39% of the total output. 

State gem-miner evaluates concession bids

17th July 2002 Management and representatives of the shareholder of the State-owned diamond-mine Alexkor met in Johannesburg yesterday to begin the process of evaluating several shallow-water and beach-mining concession tenders, which were called for earlier this year – and an announcement on the winning... 

Canadian miner steps up Gabon exploration

17th July 2002 Canadian mining company SouthernEra Resources has been awarded a permit to step up its exploration for precious minerals in the central African country of Gabon. 

Big gem find at new operation

16th July 2002 Australian miner Kimberley Diamond Company has reaped immediate rewards from its newly launched Ellendale diamond project, with mining in the first block of Pipe nine yielding a large 7,64-carat gem stone, one of the largest recovered to date in the field. 

Tanzanite still recovering from alleged terror link

By: Zonika Botha     12th July 2002 Following a difficult end to 2001, when the tanzanite industry came under heavy scrutiny after unsubstantiated allegations that there was a link between the gemstone and terrorist networks, the market is now beginning to recover, with prices improving and demand growing steadily. 

Workers protest lie-detectors at SA diamond miner

12th July 2002 Earlier this week some 300 people marched to the offices of South African state-owned diamond miner Alexkor, protesting against the use of lie-detector tests which they said were unfair. 

We'll grow our own assets, says emergent gem miner

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th July 2002 Building a new black-owned and majority-controlled diamond-mining company from scratch without a committed cash flow in the South African context is no easy task, but is exactly what the sector's new entrant is setting out to achieve. 

We'll grow our own assets, says new million-carats-a-year gem miner

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th July 2002 Building a new, black-owned and majority-controlled, diamond-mining company, from scratch, without a committed cash flow, in the South African context is no easy task, but is exactly what the sector’s new entrant is setting out to achieve. 

Approval gained for Angola gem project

4th July 2002 The Council of Ministers of Angola has approved the operating agreement for SouthernEra’s project Camafuca, authorising the formation of the operating company, Sociedade Mineira do Angola, Lda (SMC). 

State hopes SEP will turn Alexkor around

By: Zonika Botha     2nd July 2002 With the process to dispose of 51% of the State-owned Alexkor diamond company to a strategic equity partner (SEP) now officially under way, government is optimistic that the ailing diamond-mining company can be turned to profitability once more. 

Leviev enters African gem scene

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2002 In only 20 years, Uzbekistan-born Israeli businessman Lev Leviev has come from nowhere to being one of the biggest players in the world diamond industry, and his name is even mentioned as a rival to long-established giant De Beers, at least in certain parts of the world. 

Branding and diamonds

1st July 2002 When Andrew Clark, a Toronto writer, bought an engagement ring for his girlfriend earlier this year, he made a modest contribution to a seismic shift in the international diamond business. 

On-The-Air 28/06/2002

28th June 2002 SAfm anchor Audrey Brown As always on a Friday at this time, AMLive is joined by Martin Creamer, Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Martin, a very good morning to you. I believe a South African bank is giving R65-million worth of working capital to Russia’s top diamond... 

World first in platinum matte converting

By: nkolola halwindi     28th June 2002 Construction and pre-commissioning of phase I of the R1,66-billion Anglo Platinum Converting Process (ACP) project at the Waterval smelter in Rustenburg has been completed with the first slag tapped on June 13. 

Leviev's $2bn diamond empire makes presence felt in Africa

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 2002 In only 20 years, Uzbekistan-born Israeli businessman Lev Leviev has come from no-where to being one of the biggest players in the world diamond industry, & a possible rival to De Beers. 

Tanzanite still recovering from terror link

By: Zonika Botha     27th June 2002 Following a difficult end to 2001, when the tanzanite industry came under heavy scrutiny after unsubstantiated allegations that there was a link between the gemstone and terrorist networks, the market is now beginning to recover, with prices improving and demand growing steadily. 

Group calls for resource-sector transparency

26th June 2002 A UK-based humanitarian group leading the fight for corporate disclosure on payments to third world governments for raw materials, has called on the G8 meeting in Canada this week to back its campaign. 

New Oz diamond mine at full production

25th June 2002 Australia’s newest diamond mine, the Ellendale Project in Western Australia, has commenced full production as owner Kimberley Diamond Company unveiled its first-ever diamond sale - a 4,552 carat parcel of gem-quality Ellendale diamonds that fetched US$451,052. 

Lawmakers get tough on mining Bill

25th June 2002 South Africa's ruling party abandoned months of negotiation with mine owners on Monday and endorsed without major amendments a bill critics say will hurt confidence in the industry that built the country's wealth. 

Construction of Ventersdorp gem mine moves ahead

24th June 2002 Construction of the phase one diamond mine at Ventersdorp in South Africa is proceeding on schedule with commercial production to commence in September 2002, Etruscan Resources and Mountain Lake Resources revealed last week. 

Combined treatment plant (diamond project)

21st June 2002 Name of the project and location Combined treatment plant (CTP), De Beers Kimberley Mines, Northern Cape. Project description The new 24-million carat CTP will have a capacity to treat 1 000 t of material an hour and 7,1-million tons a year. A high-tech greenfields project on a downscaling site,... 

Sierra Leone looks to restart titanium mine

21st June 2002 Sierra Leone's titanium ore mine, shut by a brutal war in 1995, is looking for a $114-million World Bank loan to restart work at the biggest known rutile deposit within a year, the mines minister said. 

Combined Treatment Plant (diamond project)

21st June 2002 The new 24-million carat CTP will have a capacity to treat 1 000 t of material an hour and 7,1-million tons a year. 

Kimberley in a changing diamond world

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2002 On an uncharacteristically rainy day in Kimberley, De Beers senior manager diamond buying Marcus Simmons peers into a diamond, attributing dollar signs to carats which, thousands of years ago, started out as nothing but carbon. 

Kimberley gem plant at full tilt by Dec

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2002 The De Beers Kimberley Mines Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) – the project that is said to have saved the Kimberley diamond mines from closure this year – is on track to reach full production by December. 

New partner to finance Lesotho diamond project

By: Zonika Botha     14th June 2002 As part of the restructuring of the greater JCI/CAM group of companies, mining giant JCI will acquire a 40% stake, valued at about R164-million, of the Letseng diamond project in Lesotho. 

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