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On-The-Air (06/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources has dealt the economy a heavy blow by forcing the exploration of diamond giant De Beers to grind to a halt; South Africa’s foremost black miner this week committed the industry to doing all it can to build a better South Africa; and The world’s oldest mine this... 

Capital-saving solutions for crushing and screening

     6th October 2017 Rising commodity prices reinvigorate the potential of new mining projects, but raising enough finance still remains a challenge; however, crushing and screening plants specialist B&E International has a toll model that reduces capital demands on mining entrepreneurs. “This concept appeals to the... 

Botswana Diamonds ‘the only company’ exploring for kimberlites in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Diamond mining and exploration company Botswana Diamonds “has South Africa to itself” in terms of exploring for new and undiscovered kimberlites, as no other major exploration projects are currently under way, according to MD James Campbell.  

De Beers’ diamond exploration grinding to halt on government issues 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2017 The exploration programme of De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is grinding to a halt owing to the ongoing issues the iconic diamond mining company is experiencing with South Africa’s Department of Minerals Resources (DMR). With the hold-up of as many as 54 prospecting licence applications for as... 

Kennady reports maiden 5.02m ct resource for Faraday kimberlites

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 Explorer Kennady Diamonds has reported a maiden inferred resource for the Faraday kimberlites near the Gahcho Kué mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories of more than 5.02-million carats. The Toronto-headquartered company, the exploration spinout of Mountain Province Diamonds, on Tuesday reported... 

Firestone recovers its largest diamond to date

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd October 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds has recovered its largest diamond to date – a 134 ct gem-quality light yellow diamond – from its Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho. The company believes the recovery, which is the second 100 ct-plus diamond recovered since production started, reinforced the potential for... 

‘Material, newsworthy’ diamond finds on the rise – analyst

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2017 There has been a marked increase in the number of publicly reported special diamond finds in recent years, with 61 of 66 press-released diamond finds in the last nine years taking place in the last five years, noted independent diamond industry analyst and consultant Paul Zimnisky in a new report... 

Stornoway upbeat on possible solution to lower Renard diamond breakage

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd October 2017 Ongoing diamond breakage in the Renard process plant is reducing the proportion of larger diamonds available for sale and dimming revenue prospects for Quebec-focused miner Stornoway Diamond Corp, at a time when market sentiment for Renard’s precious gems is on the rise. However, president, CEO... 

Diamond stocks are crashing this year, but gem prices aren't

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2017 It’s been a surprisingly ugly year for most diamond companies. Shares of small producers, mainly focused on mines in southern Africa and Canada, have tumbled more than 30 percent during the past year and each company seems to be embroiled in its own mess. 

Botswana Diamonds to start drilling newly discovered kimberlite this year

By: Anine Kilian     29th September 2017 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds will start drilling at its recently discovered Ontevreden project, in South Africa, later this year. In a project update released on Friday, the company said sampling at the Ontevreden kimberlite had found abundant G10, G9 and eclogitic garnets typically seen in... 

Firestone sells 195 330 ct in latest diamond sales

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th September 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds sold 195 330 ct of diamonds during its latest diamond sales, held in July and September, in Antwerp, netting about $13.5-million in proceeds. The company attributed the drop in the average realised value from $107/ct to an average value of $69/ct to the continued... 

Despite lower valuation, research firm provides favourable update for Mustang

By: Ilan Solomons     29th September 2017 Australian and US investment research firm Independent Investment Research (IIR) has updated its valuation for ASX-listed junior miner Mustang Resources, with this resulting in a slightly lower base case 12-month price target of $85-million, or $0.16 a share, a 225% premium to the current price.... 

Botswana Diamonds to start drilling at Limpopo project in October

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Diamond exploration and project development company Botswana Diamonds has announced that it will start large diameter drilling (LDD) at the Zebediela project, in Limpopo, next month. Zebediela forms part of the Vutomi Joint Venture project, at Frischgewaagt. Seventeen reverse circulation... 

Report reveals how politicians and security forces are siphoning off Zim’s diamond wealth

By: Ilan Solomons     29th September 2017 Powerful military, political elites and security forces have taken control and secretly exploited Zimbabwe’s once promising diamond sector, while concealing the scale of the loss to its people, a new report from international watchdog organisation Global Witness reveals. The report entitled ‘An... 

Test phase of new diamond-in-rock detection technology successfully completed

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering’s MinPET three dimensional (3D) diamond-in-rock detection system is now nearly ready for scaling up to commercial scale. The system detects diamonds enclosed in kimberlite ores, after mining and during processing.  

Russia’s Alrosa to reopen New York trade office

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2017 Russian diamond major Alrosa said on Thursday that it would reopen its trade office in New York in late 2017 or early 2018. Alrosa president Sergey Ivanov, who met with representative of the US diamond industry this week, said in a statement that Alrosa was interested in trading in rough and... 

Tanzania grants Petra authorisation to resume diamond exports, sales

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2017 The Tanzanian government has granted LSE-listed Petra Diamonds authorisation to resume the export and sales of diamonds from its Williamson mine. The miner and the government will now finalise details of the timing and process for the next diamond parcel to be exported to Petra’s marketing office... 

Concrete Rehabilitation Success At Finsch By Botes & Kennedy Manyano

     28th September 2017 Botes & Kennedy Manyano offered Petra Diamonds a practical workable solution for the rehabilitation of three concrete silos at its Finsch Diamond Mine in the Northern Cape. The design and construct project was aimed at restoring the structural integrity of the silos while addressing issues such... 

Botswana to name developer of $4bn plant by December

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Botswana Oil will choose by December a company to build and operate a $4-billion coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, a facility it said may meet as much as 80% of the Southern African country’s fuel demand. The state-owned oil firm received 11 bids by its August deadline and is subjecting them to... 

Stellar Diamonds pays for Tongo environmental licence

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has paid the Sierra Leone Environmental Agency $150 240 for an environmental licence for its Tongo project. The payment of the environmental licence fee is an important step in Stellar being issued the large-scale mining licence for the Tongo project. 

Lucara sells giant ‘Lesedi La Rona’ diamond for $53m

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2017 Canadian diamond junior Lucara Diamond Corp has sold its 1 109 ct ‘Lesedi La Rona’ diamond for $53-million, or $47 777/ct, the company announced on Monday. Discovered in November 2015, the precious stone ranks as the second-largest diamond ever found, and consolidates the company’s flagship... 

Offer for Rockwell affiliates flops on BRP haste; orderly wind down still planned

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 Bankrupt alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds advised on Friday that it has received two offers which, when combined, would have been able to buy out the Canadian company’s distressed South African subsidiaries. However, an untimely motion to place the affiliates into provisional liquidation... 

Giant pink diamond discovered could be Alrosa's most expensive

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2017 Russia’s Alrosa has unearthed a pink diamond that the gem giant says could be the most expensive it has ever found. Alrosa, which produces more stones than anyone else, found the 27.85 ct pink gem at its alluvial mines in Russia’s Far East. The company said the biggest pink diamond it had... 

NUM continues strike at Petra’s Finsch mine, to down tools at Koffiefontein after wage deadlock

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has issued Petra Diamonds with a 48-hour notice for a planned, protected strike at the Koffiefontein mine, in Northern Cape. The union on Thursday said it would withdraw all members from the mine, starting on Saturday morning, until Petra accedes to the... 

Mining's biggest mystery is what Agarwal plans to do with Anglo

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2017 As Anglo American’s board met at the lavish Vergelegen wine estate in South Africa yesterday evening as part of a 100-year celebration, executives were blindsided by news headlines: Indian mining tycoon Anil Agarwal was becoming the biggest shareholder. After Anglo’s managers partied to honor the... 

BlueRock’s Kareevlei nearing 25 000 t/m production target

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 Production at Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei mine, in the Northern Cape, is now in excess of 20 000 t/m and is nearing the targeted 25 000 t/m. Reporting on its results for the six months to June 30, BlueRock on Tuesday noted that the average grade at the mine also continues to increase... 

Gem recovers 115 ct diamond at Letšeng

     19th September 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a high-quality 115 ct, D colour Type IIa diamond from its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho.   This follows the recovery of five other diamonds of over 100 ct so far this year from the mine. 

Petra’s Finsch, Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV impacted by labour disruption

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 Aim-listed Petra Diamonds’ Finsch and Kimberley Ekapa Mining joint venture operations are being affected by a labour disruption that started on Monday evening. Underground and surface mining operations are affected, but plant treatment is continuing at near normal capacity, treating surface... 

Mountain Province reports lowest prices yet for Gahcho Kué diamonds

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 The seventh sale of diamonds produced from Mountain Province Diamonds’ 49%-owned Gahcho Kué mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, saw the average price of rough stones fall to the lowest level since sales started in January. The September tender included an unusually large proportion of small... 

Petra’s FY17 profit down 69% y/y; company restarts Tanzania mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 The delayed ramp-up of expansion programmes, rising on-mine cash costs and a stronger rand have negatively impacted on LSE-listed Petra Diamonds’ financial results for the 2017 financial year, with net profit down 69% year-on-year to $20.7-million. Cash generated from operations was down 10%... 

Tanzanian leader's war for taxes puts economy in firing line 

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2017 Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s deepening dispute with companies he accuses of being tax cheats is rattling investors and dimming the allure of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. Since taking office in late 2015, Magufuli has been on a drive to increase revenue from natural resources... 

Rockwell perplexed as BRP opts to place 3 subsidiaries into liquidation, despite possible offer

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Canadian alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds remains in the dark as to why business rescue practitioner (BRP) Metis Strategic Advisors had chosen to file a motion in the Kimberley High Court, on Thursday, to place the company's three subsidiaries back in provisional liquidation, when a... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, the 126 ct D-colour Type IIa... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, 126 ct D-colour Type IIa,... 

Mining industry urged to do more to prevent further fatalities in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

SPARKLING EXCELLENCE

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2017 The Dynasty, above, cut from a 179 ct rough diamond discovered in Russia by State diamond company Alrosa, is a 51.38 ct traditional round brilliant-cut diamond, with 57 facets. It has the potential to be most expensive diamond ever sold in Russian history when it is auctioned online in November.... 

Shifting relationship dynamics, higher earnings see more women buying their own diamond jewellery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2017 More women are buying diamond jewellery for themselves, resulting in new growth opportunities for the diamond industry. De Beers' latest ‘Diamond Insight Report’, published on Thursday shows that more than a quarter of women’s diamond jewellery bought in 2016 in each of the four main consumer... 

Campaign for more diamond ads wins support from India's gem hub

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2017 The push for bigger diamond advertising campaigns and marketing to wealthy millennials has won support from a key part of the industry: India’s manufacturers and retailers. India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, which represents almost 6 000 diamond companies, has agreed to contribute... 

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