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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... 

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.... 

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