R/€ = 16.62 Change: -0.46
R/$ = 14.70 Change: -0.46
Au 1180.81 $/oz Change: -14.11
Pt 758.50 $/oz Change: -46.57


Russian diamond company Alrosa posts 28% profit fall

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 Russian diamond producer Alrosa suffered a sharp fall in core profit last year, hit by lower prices for its gems. The world's largest producer of rough diamonds said that earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (Ebtida) fell 28% to 126.9-billion roubles, broadly meeting... 

In-country partnerships vital to traverse cross border challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 There are several constraints that hinder the cross-border supply chain in Africa, but the most daunting are the logistical challenges, given the vast distances that need to be covered – primarily over very poor roads – and congested and inefficient border crossings, says facilities management... 

Gem recovers 169 ct diamond at Letšeng

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 169 ct to white colour Type IIa diamond at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This is the seventh diamond larger than 100 ct recover at the mine so far this year. 

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 Mining is a dirty business, but Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani says it doesn’t have to be. The miner of everything from copper to diamonds to iron ore is overhauling its sustainability targets, and predicts it can earn an extra $9-billion through 2030 by improving the way it mines and boosting... 

Tsodilo says DMS plant delivering results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has processed 724.7 t through the dense media separation (DMS) plant at its BK16 kimberlite project in Botswana, since commissioning the plant on January 18. This represented 141 samples out of a total of 243 or 6% of the tonnage. These 141 samples have generated 2... 

Botswana Diamonds starts drilling at Ontevreden kimberlite pipe

By: Simone Liedtke     13th March 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started drilling at the Ontevreden kimberlite pipe, which is part of the company’s Vutomi’s Joint Venture in South Africa and which contains significant quantities of G10 and G9 garnets. “We are pleased to announce the commencement of drilling at the Ontevreden... 

Gem sells 910 ct Lesotho Legend for $40m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2018 The “exceptional quality” 910 ct D-colour Type IIa diamond recovered from LSE-listed Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, in January, achieved a price of $40-million on tender in Antwerp, on Monday.  Reflecting its significance, the diamond, which is the fifth-largest gem-quality diamond ever... 

Stellar Diamonds agrees to acquisition by Australia’s NWF

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 Australian exploration company Newfield Resources (NWF) and Africa-focused miner Stellar Diamonds have reached an agreement regarding NWF’s proposed acquisition of Stellar’s entire issued and to be issued share capital for £7.74-million. The ASX-listed company owns an advanced diamond project in... 

Shareholders to vote on Mountain Province, Kennady Diamonds merger on April 9

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Shareholders of TSX- and Nasdaq-listed diamond producer Mountain Province Diamonds and exploration group Kennady Diamonds will, on April 9, take a vote on whether to approve the merger of the companies.  

Alrosa ups February sales, reports on exploration developments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2018 Russian diamond major Alrosa on Wednesday announced its latest diamond sales results and also reported on geological prospecting developments, including the reorganisation of its exploration unit. The company, which produces the world’s most diamonds in terms of volume, said that it had sold... 

Frontier discovers first diamonds at Northern Cape project

By: Mariaan Webb     7th March 2018 Junior miner Frontier Diamonds, which started trading on the ASX in January, has recovered the first diamonds from its Bellsbank kimberlite pipe exploration project, near its Sedibeng diamond mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The diamonds were recovered from a sample that was treated... 

Gem Diamonds recovers 152 ct diamond at Letšeng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 Global diamond producer Gem Diamonds has recovered a 152 ct, top white colour Type IIa diamond from its 70%-owned Letšeng mine, in Lesotho.  

thyssenkrupp committed to strengthening partnerships and driving industrialisation processes in Africa

5th March 2018 thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is proud of its time-honoured history as a leading partner of engineering, equipment, technology, plant and service solutions to mining, cement, chemical, fertilizer and oil & gas industries across the African continent.  In a bid to further strengthen its... 

Stellar trusting Newfield deal to provide Tongo-Tonguma funding

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th March 2018 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has, over the past six months, continued to focus on sourcing the necessary funding to bring its Tongo-Tonguma project, in eastern Sierra Leone, into production. "The capital markets in the UK have proven extremely difficult to raise funds for junior mining companies... 

Lucapa sells $1.7m diamond parcel from Lulo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th March 2018 Angola-focused diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company sold 2 072 ct of diamonds recovered from the Lulo mine, achieving gross proceeds of $1.7-million during its second sale for the year. This represented an average price per carat of $804. The ASX-listed miner said the largest diamond in the sale... 

Congo says will campaign to prevent child labour in cobalt mines

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo will launch this month new monitoring and tracing mechanisms to tackle child labour in cobalt and copper production, a mines ministry official said on Thursday. Sourcing of the metals has come into focus as manufacturers scramble to secure supplies of cobalt, a... 

A proposal to the President – A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa’s minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

A proposal to the President - A six-point plan

2nd March 2018 South Africa's minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting, and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

BlueRock sets production target at between 9 500 ct and 12 500 ct for 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds expects to treat in excess of 275 000 t of material this year, compared with the 153 147 t treated in 2017. The company, which operates the Kareevlei mine, in South Africa’s Kimberley region, on Thursday also noted that it expects to achieve an average grade of 3.5... 

Stellar completes tribute mining agreement over Sierra Leone project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2018 West Africa-focused Stellar Diamonds has completed its tribute mining and revenue sharing agreements with Octea Mining in respect of the Tongo-Tonguma project in Sierria Leone. The completion follows the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions precedent to the agreements. 

Billionaire Lundin chases base-metal buy of up to $3bn

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2018 Sweden’s billionaire Lundin family is looking to spend as much as $3-billion on a new industrial-metal asset as prices rally, before turning its attention to scouring for a new gold project. Lundin Mining is on the prowl for a long-life zinc, nickel or copper asset and would shell out $1-billion... 

Artemis plans 3.3 km drill hole in the Pilbara

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2018 ASX-listed Artemis Resources plans to drill a super-deep 3 300 m diamond drill hole on its Balmoral area, about 50 km south of its Radio Hill Mine, in Western Australia. The drill site for ASD-1 would be finalised over the coming weeks and the hole would be drilled to test for base metals,... 

More strides taken towards BK16 production - Tsodilo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2018 The first consignment of 43 drums of concentrate from the BK16 kimberlite project, in Botswana, have been securely moved to TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources' final recovery area in its security complex in Maun. This followed the January 18 commissioning of a dense media separation (DMS) plant at... 

Lucara buys digital sales platform, refreshes board

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2018 Botswana-focused miner Lucara Diamond has acquired Clara Diamond Solutions, a company whose primary asset is a secure, digital sales platform aimed at transforming how rough diamonds are sold. Lucara noted that the platform would unlock value for diamond producers and manufacturers alike. 

Namibia mining sector is investor friendly

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 The Namibian mining sector has become more investor friendly than South Africa, as the country has clear policies that have been consistently applied, explains Sandton-based law firm Webber Wentzel partner Jonathan Veeran. Namibia has four policies governing mining and mineral prospecting: the... 

De Beers sets higher output target for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 Global diamond miner De Beers has set a production target of as high as 36-million carats for 2018. In its 2017 results announcement the Anglo American subsidiary reported a production guidance of 34-million carats to 36-million carats, which compares with 33.45-million carats produced in 2017. 

Restructured Anglo American reaps benefits, posts solid FY17 results

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 After an extensive restructuring, diversified miner Anglo American raised its dividend for the 2017 financial year to $1.02 a share - its highest dividend in nearly a decade. The "fundamentally different business" nearly halved its debt to $4.5-billion and doubled its free cash flow by 93% to... 

Lucara's FY17 profit dips 8% on lower sales

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2018 Southern Africa-focused miner Lucara Diamond Corp has reported an 8% drop in full-year profit as lower production and the sale of fewer special diamonds weighed on the bottom line. The Vancouver-based miner, which operates its flagship Karowe mine, in Botswana, reported net income of... 

Contractors start FEED study at Stellar’s Sierra Leone project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 The front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the underground mine development at Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds’ Tongo-Tonguma project, in Sierra Leone, is now under way. Stellar on Tuesday said a team of five consultants from contractors Paradigm Project Management (PPM) and SRK Consulting... 

Novatek says wins auction for Alrosa's gas assets

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Novatek, Russia's largest non-State gas producer, said on Monday it had won an auction for Alrosa's two gas assets with a bid of 30.3-billion roubles. Novatek has been actively buying upstream assets in an effort to boost sluggish natural gas output. 

Strikes, currency strength push Petra to H1 loss

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Strike action at some of its South African mines, currency strength and the inability to sell a parcel of diamonds from its Williamson mine, in Tanzania, negatively impacted on Petra Diamonds’ profitability in the six months ended December 31.  

Zimbabwe, Botswana set to sign diamond deal – report

By: News24Wire      19th February 2018 Zimbabwe is reportedly set to sign a diamond processing deal with Botswana within the next three months, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with his counterpart, President Ian Khama, this week in Gaborone. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa was in Botswana on a state visit. 

Alrosa reviews submissions for Mir reopening

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa has opened a contest with a 1.5-million-rouble reward for the best solution to resume underground mining at its Mir deposit, where operations were suspended in August last year owing to a flood that killed eight people. The company said this week that it had received and... 

On-The-Air (16/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2018 Gold Fields is spending R200-million a year on training at its big mechanised gold mine in Gauteng. Northam yesterday switched on R900-million worth of extra platinum power on in Limpopo. The strong rand is hitting underground gold mining very hard.  

Botswana Diamonds undertakes scoping study at Thorny River

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started a scoping study to determine the commercial potential of the Thorny River diamond project, which is a consolidation of the Frischgewaagt, Hartbeesfontein and Doornrivier properties, in Limpopo. The six-month study will further refine the volumes of... 

Zimbabwe Mining Investment Conference 2018

15th February 2018 Zimbabwe has turned a new leaf , announced new investor friendly mining policies and is Open for Business and is set on rapidly growing its economy with mining investors being key players. The Zimbabwe Mining Investments Conference 2018 will discuss as well as showcase the vast investment... 

Botswana Diamonds raises £500 000 for South Africa, Botswana exploration 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has raised £500 000 to fund ongoing exploration in South Africa and Botswana. The funds were raised through the issue of 50-million shares to new and existing investors at a price of 1p a share. 

Mountain Province's diamond sales start the year on a high note

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Mountain Province Diamonds' first diamond tender of the year broke all records in terms of revenue and customer activity. The TSX- and Nasdaq-listed company said the sale of 351 000 ct of rough diamonds has resulted in Mountain Province's highest revenue result to date, with total sale proceeds... 

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