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Aids identified as a major challenge for diamond giant

5th December 2001 Diamond giant De Beers has identified the issue of managing the social impact of HIV/Aids on its mines and in the community at large as its greatest safety, health and environmental (SHE) challenge. 

Diamond giant eyes bigger Canada role

4th December 2001 The world’s leading diamond producer, De Beers, is looking for a bigger stake of Canada’s growing diamond industry, and said it wants more work done on a diamond-bearing property in northern Ontario before it makes a decision to build the province’s first diamond-mine, possibly... 

Diamond certification system to stem illegal trade

3rd December 2001 Diamond industries in more than 40 countries agreed to implement an international certification scheme for the trade in rough diamonds by the end of 2002, or face severe penalties and sanctions from the United Nations (UN). 

Washington approves ‘blood diamond’ measures

30th November 2001 The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to help stem the trade in so-called ‘blood diamonds’ from Africa, linked in part to suspects in Washington’s war on terrorism. 

How micro miners are helped

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2001 Mvelaphanda has committed itself to assisting small-scale miners to emerge as entrepreneurs. 

From zero to R1,5bn hero

30th November 2001 In three years, a new South African company has grown from zero to R1,5-billion in gross assets. 

SA chair conflict gem meeting

28th November 2001 The Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will chair a meeting of Ministers from the world’s leading diamond exporting, processing and importing states to be held in Gaborone, Botswana. 

SA gem miner prepares for market rebound

27th November 2001 South Africa’s only listed diamond company Trans Hex has reaffirmed the diamond-miner’s target of producing 211 400 carats in the financial year. 

East Rand facility to produce a third of world's synthetic-diamond output

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2001 The new Oppenheimer Diamond Research Laboratory in Springs, on the East Rand, together with the adjacent diamond-manufacturing plant, in the process of expanding, is the largest and most advanced synthetic diamond centre in the world. 

Extension for diamond-sorting operation

16th November 2001 Local company Swisslog Trans-Tele is putting the finishing touches on a R30 000 extension to the diamond sorting operation at De Beers’ Premier Diamond Mine near Pretoria. 

Floating diamond-recovery vessel performing well

16th November 2001 The South African designed and built processing plant on board the world’s biggest floating diamond recovery vessel, Ya Toivo, is performing well off the Namibian coast. 

Gravity-separation units record strong sales

16th November 2001 The gravity separation industry is undergoing a renaissance in the mineral-processing sector, Gekko Systems CEO Elizabeth Lewis-Gray reports. 

Clarity emerging of conflict gem attack plan

12th November 2001 With less than a month to go before the final deadline for the report on conflict diamonds due for presentation at the United Nations 56th session, the Kimberley Process has announced some important decisions taken at the plenary session which took place in Luanda, Angola, last week. 

Love will find a way

9th November 2001 De Beers’ diamond sales are recoiling fast from last year’s height of $5,7-billion. 

Outlook for SA mining pondered

By: Keith Campbell     9th November 2001 For SA mining, the effect of the 11/9/01 terrorist attacks in the US has been to accelerate a global economic downturn already underway, with the concurrent decline in the commodity markets. 

Diamonds-for-terror allegation

7th November 2001 Sierra Leone has evidence that jailed rebel leader Foday Sankoh sold diamonds to a dealer whom some suspect of having links to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, Justice Minister Solomon Berewa said. 

WTO rules could thwart efforts to curb blood-gem trading

5th November 2001 The diamond industry edged closer to agreeing ways to curb illegal exports of so-called ‘blood diamonds’ from war-torn Africa but reservations by the US still hung over a possible deal. 

Resources firm expands diamond interests

5th November 2001 Resource company BHP Billiton has concluded the acquisition of diamond, mineral exploration and development company Dia Met Minerals, in a deal it believes will provide ongoing access to rough diamonds. 

Gems-for-arms trade under attack

1st November 2001 Delegates at a three-day conference on ‘blood diamonds’ in Angola will seek a plan to block the trade in conflict gems that has thrived despite United Nations (UN) sanctions, the Angolan government said. 

Love and diamonds could be flipside of 'Terror Tuesday'

19th October 2001 A US recession could hurt the demand for diamonds, but the head of De Beers, the world’s largest diamond company, said that a rising number of engagements following the September 11 attacks could help restore some luster to an already weak market. 

Gem beneficiation debate still raging

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2001 A number of local diamond cutters and polishers are once again expressing concerned that neither Section 59 of the Diamond Act nor the annual De Beers layout are sufficient to encourage local beneficiation. 

Terror attacks to hit diamonds

By: Laura Franz     19th October 2001 In addition to being in a recession, the global diamond industry is expected to take a knock as a result of the US terror attacks that occured in September, reason being that this country accounts for more than 60% of global rough and processed diamond sales, forecasts South African Diamond Board... 

Conflict gem trade continues

18th October 2001 More than $1-million worth of diamonds are still being smuggled out of Angola every day, despite a campaign to end the trade in ‘conflict diamonds', according to a UN report. 

Brother and sister of SA mining

12th October 2001 Brother and sister in mining, Mmakau Mining founder and executive chairperson Bridgette Motsepe Radebe and African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Patrice Motsepe, are united in the drive to see more black involvement in a sector still dominated by large white-owned companies. 

Fresh PGM moves on Bushveld East limb

12th October 2001 Canadian resources company, SouthernEra Resources reports the acquisition of a 100% interest in the Millennium platinum-group metals (PGM) project located on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa. 

Brother and sister of SA mining

12th October 2001 Brother and sister in mining – Mmakau Mining founder and executive chairperson Bridgette Motsepe Radebe and African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Patrice Motsepe – are united in the drive to see more black involvement in a sector still dominated by large white-owned companies. 

On-The-Air 12/10/2001

12th October 2001 SAfm anchor John Perlman: It is that time on a Friday when we get into some TechnoTalk with Martin Creamer, Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Martin, a very good morning to you, vehicle tracking technology, a big part of South Africa�s anti crime initiatives. I believe... 

New diamond-dump retreatment project

9th October 2001 A joint venture led by black-owned New Diamond Corporation (NDC) sees a R3,5-million investment in the retreatment of Kimberley’s Caravan Park Dumps, as well as the establishment of a R2,1-million treatment plant near Kamfersdam. 

Canadian diamond-sampling project

8th October 2001 Canadian exploration company Pele Mountain Resources has entered into an agreement with De Beers Canada to process a bulk sample of approximately 100 t of ultramafic breccia from Pele’s Cristal diamond occurrence. 

Australians and Canadians come a-hunting

5th October 2001 Officials at Australian junior exploration firm Kings Minerals relish recounting how they acquired the Wimbledon diamond prospect near Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. 

Australians and Canadians come a-hunting

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 Officials at Australian junior exploration firm Kings Minerals relish recounting how they acquired the Wimbledon diamond prospect near Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. 

Progress on conflict gem protocol

5th October 2001 With less than two months to go before the final deadline for the report on conflict diamonds due for presentation at the United Nations’ 56th session, the Kimberley Process has announced some significant progress in the development of detailed proposals for the international certification... 

Study on for new PGM deposit at Messina

5th October 2001 Following the successful completion of the financing for phase 1 (Voorspoed Section) of its 70,4%-owned Messina Platinum Project, SouthernEra has started a feasibility study on Phase 2 (Doornvlei Section). 

Junior encouraged by N Cape drill results

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 An Australian junior explorer which is scrutinising the Wimbledon diamond prospect near Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, reports that the first phase of its drilling programme, completed last month, has produced encouraging results. 

Truck helps find diamonds

5th October 2001 Materials-handling equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment has announced the first local sale of a Caterpillar 730 articulated truck to HC van Wyk Diamante in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. 

New tooth gives excavator more bite

5th October 2001 The fitting of a specially-designed ripper tooth to a Liebherr R984C excavator has dramatically improved mining productivity at Trans Hex’s Saxendrift diamond-mine, the supplier reports. 

Taking the 'use-it-or-lose-it' gap

By: Laura Franz     5th October 2001 The changing minerals development landscape in South Africa has peaked the interest of Australian junior mining investor Gold Valley Mines (GVM), which – as of last month – is ready to back local beneficiation and mining projects valued at up to R100-million individually, reports... 

New gold-marketing drive launched

4th October 2001 The gold-mining industry unveiled plans this week for a major gold marketing initiative aimed at increasing demand for gold jewellery. 

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