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Diamonds

Rebounding demand revives diamond industry

By: Henry Lazenby     4th June 2010 The South African diamond industry is showing sure signs of recovery after the dramatic price decreases for rough diamonds during the economic crisis in 2008.  

Community benefits from diamonds

By: Henry Lazenby     4th June 2010 Diamond-mining giant De Beers and its empowerment shareholder Ponahalo is driving community upliftment and stimulating the local Free State province economy through the operation of its Voorspoed mine, 30 km north-east of Kroonstad. 

Blood diamonds still fuel rebel movements

By: Henry Lazenby     4th June 2010 Following the yearly plenary meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in Swakopmund, in Namibia, Zimbabwe will be allowed to resume exports of rough diamonds under a ‘supervised export mechanism’ from its Marange diamond fields. 

Diamond ‘fingerprinting’ 
to revolutionise market

By: Henry Lazenby     4th June 2010 Diamond and gem forensic laboratories DiaLab South Africa is playing a leading role in technological innovation in the diamond industry by filing the first DNA-fingerprinting patent for diamonds and gems.

 

Diamond industry 
could assist in 
poverty alleviation, GDP growth

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th June 2009 The local diamond industry could assist in the alleviation of poverty and add to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), says diamond cutting and polishing business Masingita owner MacDonald Temane. 

Slump in jewellery demand affects demand for locally polished diamonds

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th June 2009 There has been a significant slump in the demand for diamond jewellery, which has had a direct effect on the demand for polished diamonds cut in South Africa, says Diamond Council of South Africa (DCSA) CEO Braen Migogo. 

Company proposes mill 
to audit diamond tailings

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th June 2009 Mineral processing and materials handling equipment supplier Ludowici is currently proposing the use of its Hicom mill to audit diamond mine tailings, says Ludowici Africa GM Mark Houchin. 

Diamond producer 
focuses on cash 
positive projects

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th June 2009 Diamond producer and exploration company Pangea DiamondFields has streamlined its portfolio to focus on projects closest to being cash positive. 

Diamond-miner takes strong steps to survive economic downturn

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th June 2009 Diamond-miner Petra Diamonds is taking strong steps to ensure that it survives the economic downturn by focusing on mines that generate cash and closing down most of its cash-consuming exploration activities, says company CEO Johan Dippenaar. 

Feasibility study may 
offer early production, 
low capex

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th June 2009 Diamond-miner African Diamonds has prepared a study on the AK6 diamond resource, in Botswana, which offers an early production, low capital expenditure option, says African Diamonds chairperson John Teeling. 

Guinea diamond mine in commissioning phase

By: Jacqueline Holman     5th June 2009 Precious metals company West African Diamonds is currently commissioning the Bomboko alluvial mine, in Guinea, says West African Diamonds chairperson John Teeling. 

Helicopters delivers in the mining industry  

5th June 2009 Transport company Kriek Helicopters has established a mining division to provide secure transport for precious minerals such as diamonds and gold. 

Global diamond market expected to worsen

By: Shona Kohler     5th June 2009 The diamond market is expected to worsen further as the market continues to feel the repercussions of the financial crisis, reports Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa. 

Diamond miner invests in the Free State

By: Fatima Gabru     5th December 2008 Diamond giant De Beers' new R1,3-billion Voorspoed mine, in South Africa's Free State province, was officially opened by Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica, early in November. 

Early commissioning brings project in on budget

By: Fatima Gabru     5th December 2008 The newly opened Voorspoed mine of diamond-miner De Beers was commissioned nine months early and completed on budget, says Voorspoed operations manager Andy Taylor. 

Mine designed with closure in mind

By: Fatima Gabru     5th December 2008 Diamond miner De Beers' new Voorspoed mine has been designed with closure in mind, the mine's environmental coordinator Gavin Anderson told Mining Weekly in an interview at the official opening at the beginning of November. 

Positive sampling results for Madagascar project

6th June 2008 Exploration company Pan African Mining reported in April that results for detailed follow-up sampling of certain minor tributaries of the Fandiavo river in the South-east of Madagascar, within the company’s license area B3 near the port of Manakara, have been received. 

Airborne survey yields encouraging results

6th June 2008 African investments conglomerate Lonrho mining, formerly known as Nare Diamonds, which is now 23,01% owned by Lonrho, announced to the Australian Securities Exchange this April, that it has completed an airborne magnetic and radiometric survey. The survey covered a 1 000 km² target area for... 

Clean, secure and effective vacuum systems for efficient diamond recovery

6th June 2008 Construction solutions group Cosira Industrial Mining Solutions (IMS), a specialist division of the Cosira group, has supplied mobile vacuum systems to a prominent member of the South African diamond industry, for use in diamond recovery and transfer processes. 

Diamond council aims for a fully representative industry body

By: Fatima Gabru     6th June 2008 The Diamond Council of South Africa (DCSA) was re-established in April, through the amalgamation of the Master Diamond Cutters Association (MDCA) and the Rough Diamond Dealers Association (RDDA). 

Angolan promise winks at diamond producer

By: Fatima Gabru     6th June 2008 Diamond mining group Petra Diamonds announced in May that it would assume control of the Alto Cuilo and Luange exploration projects in Angola. 

Beneficiation trials yield sparkling results

By: Fatima Gabru     6th June 2008 Global diamond mining company Gem Diamonds, states in its annual report for 2007, that its beneficiation trials are yielding positive results. 

Diamond giant sees voorspoed ahead

By: Fatima Gabru     6th June 2008 Construction at South African diamond miner De Beers’ Voorspoed Mine was completed at the beginning of May. The company is now busy with the commissioning process and is fairly confident that it will reach full production by the end of this year. Construction was completed a month earlier... 

Doubling marine mining time

By: Fatima Gabru     6th June 2008 Diamond producer De Beers first marine mining ship in South African waters, Peace in Africa, has reached full production and is achieving the mining rates it was designed for. 

New projects expand African footprint

6th June 2008 Mid-tier diamond producer and exploration company Pangea Diamondfield announced in May, in its first quarter update report, that with immediate effect, its portfolio now consists of eight projects located in the Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola and South... 

Cultured-diamond jewellery range creates employment

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2007 The South African company, Cultured Diamond Company, has branded the Savannah range of coloured diamond jewellery that incorporates Gemesis cultured diamonds. 

Diamond training school receives rough stone analyser

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2007 South African non-profit organisation, The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School (HODTS), has received a rough-stone analysing machine from the Diamond Trading Company (DTC). 

Local company develops first double pass grease belt

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2007 Diamond recovery equipment manufacturer Oblique Engineering has added the grease belt GB2.4 to its diamond recovery product range. This is a higher output machine than the previous model in the range, the GB400, and is able to process up to four times more material than its flagship machine, the... 

Pneumatic system conveys diamonds quickly, safely

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2007 South African unit materials-handling company Swisslog conveys raw diamonds from a completely secure glove box with the slide sleeve station through a pneumatic tube system. From there, they are conveyed to the sorting house safe, or to the mine supervisor's desk, ensuring complete peace of mind... 

Diamond mine concludes agreement

8th June 2007 Diamond Fields International (DFI) announced in February this year that it has concluded a formal mining agreement with Bonaparte Diamond Mines. It also states that diamond production from the joint operations areas continues to deliver strong results. 

Diamond giant commissions Japanese jaw crushers

8th June 2007 In a comminution first for South African mining, De Beers Consolidated Mines has commissioned two Kawasaki preferential jaw crushers, developed by EarthTechnica Company in Japan. 

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