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Gem discovers 910 ct diamond

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 910 ct, D colour Type IIa diamond from its Lesotho-based Letšeng mine. The diamond, the largest recovered from the mine, is believed to be the fifth-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered. 

Gem Diamonds recovers two large diamonds at Letšeng

By: Anine Kilian     8th January 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered two large high-quality D-colour, type IIa diamonds from its 70%-owned Letšeng mine in Lesotho. The recovered diamonds include a 117 ct and a 110 ct diamond. 

Lesotho mine delivers another high-value diamond

     15th December 2017 Global diamond producer Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng diamond mine in Lesotho yielded a high-quality 202 ct Type IIa-D colour, the seventh diamond over 100 ct to be recovered this year. The announcement marks the seventh diamond of over 100 ct to be recovered in 2017 from Letšeng. The mine, it is... 

Gem in talks with new potential Ghaghoo buyers

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th December 2017 Aim-listed Gem Diamonds is in discussions with other parties who are interested in acquiring the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana, after an offer from an undisclosed party to buy the mine was withdrawn. Gem on Tuesday informed shareholders that although the undisclosed party had made an offer in August... 

Mike Brown steps in as Gem Diamonds nonexecutive director

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Diamond producer Gem Diamonds is set to receive fresh blood as decade-sitting Gavin Beevers will not stand for re-election in 2018 as a nonexecutive director 

Gem unearths 202 ct diamond

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a high-quality 202 ct, D-colour Type IIa diamond from its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This is the seventh diamond of over 100 ct to be recovered from Letšeng this year. Letšeng is believed to be the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world. 

Lucapa and Equigold deepen relationship

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 Private Singaporean company Equigold is further increasing its shareholding in Africa-focused Lucapa Diamond Company by converting the last two scheduled quarterly repayments, totalling $3.75-million, into Lucapa shares. The companies in October agreed to enter a $15-million loan facility, which... 

Announcing noteworthy diamond finds keeps market interest high – Paragon International

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 A review of 61 diamond finds over the past five years, which were significant enough to warrant press releases by the companies that mined them, shows that announcing the diamond finds publicly keeps market interest high, said diamond investment specialist Paragon International Wealth Management... 

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. 

‘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... 

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. 

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. 

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,... 

Alrosa’s Ivanov appointed to Diamond Producers Association board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2017 Russian mining giant Alrosa president Sergey Ivanov has been appointed to the board of the Diamond Producers Association (DPA). Founded in 2015, the DPA comprises seven leading diamond producers and aims to promote the industry through the implementation of marketing initiatives.  

Gem mulls Ghaghoo buyout offer; H1 revenues decrease

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds, which on Thursday reported lower revenue and earnings for the six months to June 30, is considering an offer from an undisclosed party that is interested in buying its Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana, which was placed on care and maintenance earlier this year. The company in... 

Gem encouraged by recovery of more 100 ct-plus diamonds at Letšeng

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2017 London-listed Gem Diamonds is encouraged by the improvement in the recovery of diamonds larger than 100 ct at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, during the first half of this year. It recovered four diamonds larger than 100 ct in the six months to June 30, and another in July. 

Gem Diamonds recovers 126 ct diamond from Letšeng

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds on Thursday unveiled its latest recovery from its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho – a high-quality 126 ct, D-colour Type IIa diamond. This followed the recovery of a high-quality 104.73 ct D-colour Type IIa diamond and a 151.52 ct Type I yellow diamond in June, an exceptional... 

Gem Diamonds recovers two 100 ct plus diamonds from Letšeng

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a high-quality 104.73 ct D-colour type IIa diamond and a 151.52 ct type I yellow diamond from it Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho. This followed the recovery of an exceptional 80.58 ct D-colour type IIa diamond in May, as well as the 98.42 ct and 114 ct... 

Lucapa secures A$19m to pay for Lesotho mine, advance Phase 1 development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th May 2017 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has secured A$19-million in capital to fund the acquisition and development of the Mothae kimberlite diamond project, in Lesotho. The ASX-listed miner said on Friday that the funding package included a A$9.2-million underwriting agreement with Westar Capital... 

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Botswana's mining industry will see steady value growth as government continues its efforts to diversify away from the diamond sector, encouraging foreign investment, particularly in coal projects, says industry analyst BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. 

Gem Diamonds recovers 98 ct diamond at Letšeng

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds on Tuesday reported recovering a 98.42 ct high-quality D-colour Type II diamond at its 70%-owned Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. CEO Clifford Elphick commented that it had recovered 25 479 ct of diamonds at Letšeng at a grade of 1.53 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht), against an... 

Dust-suppression specialist geared for growth in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions continues to grow its market share in dust-suppression management and solutions, and intends to increase its market share in Africa this year. 

Gem Diamonds recovers 80 ct diamond from Letšeng

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th May 2017 London-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a high-quality 80 ct, D colour Type II diamond at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This follows less than a month after the April 7 recovery of a 114 ct diamond from the mine. 

Six new prospecting licences awarded to Botswana Diamonds

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2017 London Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds on Tuesday announced that its joint venture (JV) with the large Russian diamond company, Alrosa, had been awarded of six new prospecting licences in Botswana.   Four are in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and two are in the Orapa kimberlite province... 

Gem Diamonds appoints new chairperson

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th April 2017 Aim-listed Gem Diamonds has appointed Harry Kenyon-Slaney as its chairperson and an independent nonexecutive director, effective after June 6, succeeding Roger Davis, who will be stepping down. "I am delighted to be handing the chairmanship on to Kenyon-Slaney whose experience, knowledge and... 

Gem recovers 114 ct diamond

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th April 2017 Gem Diamonds has recovered a 114 ct, D colour type II diamond of exceptional quality from its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. The Letšeng mine is known for producing large, top colour, exceptional white diamonds, making it the highest dollar-per-carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world. 

Diamond industry’s famous hungry crocodile doesn't cut it

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2017 The diamond industry’s most famous chart is the hungry crocodile, the ancient reptile’s jaws wide open, reflecting both a predicted shortage of gems and the inevitable price rises that will come with it. Not only has this chart, which has been an industry staple for more than a decade and... 

Lucapa announces maiden Mothae resource estimate

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamonds has published a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate for the Mothae kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho. The Mothae project is located about 5 km from Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine. 

Gem halts Ghaghoo mine amid low prices

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Gem Diamonds has placed its Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana, on care and maintenance with immediate effect. Although the development of the mine had progressed well and reached the point where it would shortly be able to start full commercial production, the material fall in the diamond price from... 

Lucapa adopts low-risk strategy for new Lesotho diamond mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st January 2017 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamonds has been awarded the Mothae kimberlite project, in Lesotho, following a competitive international tender process. Lucapa acquired a 70% interest in the project for $9-million, payable over ten months. 

Completion of Mindola shaft expected in 2019

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The Mindola Deeps shaft sinking project in Kitwe, Zambia, should be completed by June 2018, marking the first time that a 2 000 m shaft will be raise drilled, says mining contractor Redpath Mining. The project, which is owned by diversified mining and marketing company Glencore’s Zambian copper... 

‘Very tough’ mining year ahead as ‘lawfare’ breaks out – Nedbank

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2017 South African mining has a “very tough” year ahead, with "lawfare" breaking out. While existing large, powerful mining companies will persist, growth through new entrants and foreign investment is highly unlikely this year, resulting in escalating opportunity loss. 

Ghaghoo Decline Tunneling Through Sand

     23rd January 2017 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Johannesburg branch held its monthly technical presentation at Worley Parsons in Johannesburg last Thursday, 19th of January 2017. SAIMM Johannesburg branch chairperson John Arthur Luckmann formally introduced presentation speaker... 

Rio’s CEO wants to buy diamonds, but finding them won’t be easy

By: Bloomberg     9th December 2016 Even for the deepest pockets in the mining industry, diamonds are hard to find. Rio Tinto Group CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques said this week he’s on the hunt for new diamond mines, but with more than half of the industry controlled by just two companies and new discoveries rare, it’s going to be a... 

Gem Diamonds pleased with interim results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th August 2016 Aim-listed Gem Diamonds achieved solid earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $43.5-million in the six months ended June 30. “This reflects careful cost management and capital discipline. It is also encouraging to see that the capital projects implemented at... 

Extreme weather could push up Letšeng’s FY costs – Gem

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2016 Aim-listed Gem Diamonds has warned that it may need to reassess its operating cost guidance for the full year, as a result of the impact of extreme weather conditions on its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. Recent excessive snow falls and severe winds have limited access to the mine and damaged overhead... 

First, find the world’s biggest diamonds; then don’t break them 

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2016 A black-and-yellow dump truck rumbles up from a giant pit in the mountains of southern Africa, carrying a load of freshly blasted slate-gray rock from the Letseng mine. With luck it will contain a golf-ball sized diamond worth perhaps $20-million. With even more luck the stone won’t get smashed. 

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