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Alrosa's Vladivostok special-stone auction brings in $9m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2017 Diamond miner Alrosa has netted $9-million in the special-size rough diamond auction that was held at its branch in Vladivostok in late October. The company sold 66 stones with a total weight of 1 084 ct. Alrosa said the most expensive diamond was a 40.47 ct stone that sold for more than... 

PEA supports development of underground mine at Lucara’s Karowe

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd November 2017 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) has revealed the potential for the development of an underground mine at Karowe, in Botswana, TSX-listed Lucara Diamond said on Friday. The Vancouver-based diamond producer is considering the development and commissioning of an underground mine after the... 

Scarce funding necessitates effective project management

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government, labour and mining companies, states Paradigm Project Management (PPM) director Jeremy Clarke. 

Alrosa reaffirms commitment to long-term contracts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2017 Russian diamond giant Alrosa has reaffirmed its commitment to channel 70% of its sales to key customers governed by three-year contracts. Alrosa started implementing long-term contracts in 2009 and has said that the sales practices had repeatedly proved its efficiency. 

Gem Diamonds reports increase in Q3 diamond sales

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2017 Sales from Aim-listed Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, increased by 19% year-on-year to $48.1-million in the third quarter ended September 30. The company attributed this to improved demand for high-value rough diamonds, which benefited prices. 

Karelian granted permit to explore in area where it found green diamond

By: Mariaan Webb     27th October 2017 The Finnish Mining Authority has granted Karelian Diamonds an exploration permit in the Kuhmo region, where it had discovered a green diamond at the start of the year. The permit covers an area of 60.67 ha and is valid for four years. 

On-The-Air (27/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 South Africa’s foremost mining leader – Mxolisi Mgojo – this week called for a collective national vision to re-energise the stagnating South African economy; Big Type II diamonds that have been buried deep in the earth of billions of years are popping up to the surface and fetching as much as... 

Openpit mining prolific in recovery of miner’s diamonds

     27th October 2017 Openpit mining is the most common method of recovering its diamonds, says international diamond company De Beers, which operates several opencast mines in Africa, namely South Africa and Botswana. De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in 1888, is South Africa’s largest rough diamond... 

Without exploration for new orebodies, South African mining will end its invaluable contribution to the South African economy

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 South Africa needs to pretend it is starting again at the bottom end of the mineral resources value curve and create a vision for exploration. Without exploration, it is just a matter of time before the mining lights go out. 

Resources Watch  

     26th October 2017 Exploration, junior culture needed to save mining; Young HDSA diamond beneficiators doing well; And, Diamond exploration intensifying close to mine that paid for itself in 3.5 days 

Relook at low-carat pipes could spring big diamond surprises   

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2017 Diamond kimberlites with a very low number of carats per hundred tons have in the past tended to be passed over by diamond mine developers, but their propensity to host big Type II diamonds that sell for large sums of money is now being acknowledged. Although diamond company De Beers walked away... 

Botswana Diamonds discovers eight kimberlites at Free State project

By: Anine Kilian     24th October 2017 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has discovered eight group one kimberlites at its Free State project.   Active exploration has begun on the project, which comprises four prospecting rights covering 50 000 ha of ground within a kimberlite cluster, which has the iconic diamond mines of Jagersfontein... 

Stellar receives environmental licence for Tongo project

By: Anine Kilian     24th October 2017 Sierra Leone’s Environmental Protection Agency has granted Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds an environmental licence for its Tongo diamond mining project. It is now expected that the National Minerals Agency will draw up the Tongo mining licence for consideration. 

Petra reports strong Q1 performance, despite strike, Tanzania export ban

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2017 Despite labour disruptions at LSE-listed Petra Diamonds’ Finsch, Koffiefontein and Kimberley Ekapa Mining (KEM) Joint Venture (JV) operations in late September, CEO Johan Dippenaar says the group achieved a strong start to the 2018 financial year. Production for the quarter was down 4%... 

Lucapa boosts Lesotho diamond project’s economics

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd October 2017 A new development plan for the Mothae kimberlite diamond mine, in Lesotho, has significantly improvedproject economics, ASX-listed Lucapa Diamonds reported on Monday. Lucapa’s initial plans for the Mothae project would have seen the company process some two-million tonnes of mainly weathered,... 

Alrosa finds 34 ct yellow diamond

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 Russian miner Alrosa’s Almazy Anabara has extracted a large, 34.17 ct yellow diamond at its Ebelyakh alluvial deposit. The rough diamond measures 20.17 by 19.65 by 15.1 mm and is a transparent intense yellow crystal with a small inclusion in the intermediate zone. 

On-The-Air (20/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2017 Young black diamond cutters and polishers are hitting the high spots with amazing performances; Huge concern is building up over the lack of mineral exploration in South Africa and its threat to the future of the South African mining industry; and South Africa’s only known diamond explorer is... 

General uptick in West Africa mining as commodity prices improve

By: Ilan Solomons     20th October 2017 There have been a number of recent positive developments in West Africa’s mining industry, such as in Mali, where two new mines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year. This is according to engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting Ghana country manager John Kwofie,... 

Diamond exploration intensifying close to mine that paid for itself in 3.5 days 

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2017 London- and Botswana-listed Botswana Diamonds, which is funding diamond exploration on three sites in South Africa, expects to declare an inferred resource by year-end at its Thorny River project in Limpopo, which is located very close to the Marsfontein mine that had an astonishing... 

As banks flee diamond trading, a startup plans to fill the gap

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2017 As major banks abandon the diamond trading world, one new lender is preparing to jump in. Dfin, a London-based corporate finance firm that specializes in the diamond sector, plans to lend $250-million to diamond polishers, cutters and traders -- known in the industry as the midstream -- over the... 

South African mining industry must modernise – Chamber of Mines

By: Dylan Slater     18th October 2017 The South African mining industry has to modernise as a matter of urgency in order to halt job cuts in the industry, as well as to create more jobs, says Chamber of Mines modernisation and safety head Sietse van der Woude. Delivering a keynote address at diversified engineering solutions company... 

Young HDSA diamond beneficiators doing well – De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     17th October 2017 The model launched last year by De Beers for the development of young historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs) as diamond beneficiators is proving highly successful, De Beers Senior VP Sightholder Sales South Africa Mpumi Zikalala said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the... 

De Beers’ eighth sales cycle nets $370m

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2017 Diamond miner De Beers reported revenue of $370-million for its eighth rough diamond sales cycle of this year. This was lower than the $494-million in revenue earned in the eighth sales cycle of 2016. 

Rockwell reports Q2 2018 results, excludes breakeven-but-bankrupt South African affiliates

By: Henry Lazenby     17th October 2017 Canadian alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds, which had its origins within Vancouver-based mining house Hunter Dickenson, has reported a noncash comprehensive income of C$23.2-million for the second quarter ended August 31. The result is based almost entirely on the reversal of foreign... 

Stellar agrees to sell Guinea assets for $1.25m

By: Anine Kilian     16th October 2017 West Africa-focused Stellar Diamonds and BDG Capital have agreed on a final purchase price of $1.25-million for Stellar’s Guinea assets. This follows the completion of a due diligence by BDG. 

Stornoway reports Q3 sales, price growth as it breaks ground in quest to solve breakage issue

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Quebec’s sole diamond operator Stornoway Diamond Corp has reported strong third-quarter production and sales results, despite a rough market correction at the end of the quarter that served to slow the rate of increase. Earlier this week, the Longueuil, Quebec-based company reported production... 

On-The-Air (13/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 Australia is leading the way in agromining – and now South Africa is being prodded to engage in hot pursuit; This week’s general election in Liberia will have a strong bearing on the country getting its first diamond mine; and South Africa’s R20-billion Swaziland rail link is being prepared for... 

Diamond struggles in Tanzania

     13th October 2017 Owing to the possible loss of revenue at London-listed Petra Diamonds’ operation in Tanzania, it is likely that the mining company will have to seek a waiver from its banking consortium, as it has in the past, for its December 2017 bank covenant test. This is according to credit ratings firm... 

Tanzanian mining sector facing tough times

     13th October 2017 The Tanzanian mining sector has been hardest hit by regulatory changes in the country, with investors in other sectors also adopting a more cautious stance, which will present headwinds to growth in the long term, says research firm BMI Research. A recent dispute between the Tanzanian government... 

Angola grants gold exploration concession as it seeks to diversify economy

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 A public/private partnership (PPP) has been granted a concession to prospect for gold in the Angolan province of Cabinda, the Macauhub news agency has reported. The PPP is named Mongo Mongo Mineração Limitada (Mongo Mongo Mining Limited). Its shareholders are the State-owned Empresa Nacional de... 

Russell Shor

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Russell Shor of the Gemological Institute of America, which grades diamonds and gemstones 

South African mining production surges 6.9% in August, exceeds expectations

By: African News Agency      12th October 2017 Mining production in South Africa increased by 6.9% year-on-year in August whilst seasonally adjusted mining production increased by 5.3% in the same month compared with July, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said on Thursday. StatsSA said the biggest contributors to the jump in production were... 

Alrosa to auction large rough diamonds in Vladivostok

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2017 Russian diamond major Alrosa said on Wednesday that it would put up for sale 1 170 ct of large rough diamonds at an auction in Vladivostok later this month. The diamonds all weigh more than 10.8 ct each and would be sold in 72 gem-quality lots. The largest diamond weighs 47.55 ct. 

Alrosa’s Sept sales down 32% y/y

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2017 Russian diamond major Alrosa sold $309.7-million worth of rough and polished diamonds in September – a 32% decrease on its sales in the same month last year. Rough diamond sales amounted to $305.8-million and polished diamond sales to $3.9-million, compared with year-earlier sales of... 

Water recovery issue hamstrings throughput potential at Diamcor’s Krone-Endora at Venetia

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 Borehole water quality and the excessively suspensive properties of the extremely fine kimberlitic clay materials of the Krone-Endora at Venetia project, in South Africa, have conspired to constrain the improved potential throughput, project owner Diamcor Mining of Kelowna, in British Columbia,... 

Trans Hex to lift interest in WCR to 67.2%

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 JSE-listed Trans Hex will acquire a further 27.2% shareholding in West Coast Resources (WCR) from investment company RAC for R39.1-million. The acquisition will be settled through the issue of 9.4-million new Trans Hex shares. 

Hopes for Liberia’s first diamond mine rise on general election 

By: Martin Creamer     9th October 2017 This year's discovery of two new additional diamond-bearing pipes that are satellites to an earlier-discovered main diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe have boosted hopes for the establishment of the first diamond mine in Liberia, where artisanal activity has been the mainstay of diamond recovery in... 

Petra Diamonds warns of possible breach of lending covenants

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds on Monday warned shareholders it was likely to breach lending covenants at the end of this year owing to labour disruptions at its South African mines and uncertainty around sales volumes from its Williamson mine, in Tanzania. The company last month said two earnings... 

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