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Diamonds News

De Beers invests $2m in Kelp Blue to explore marine carbon reduction solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2022 Diamonds multinational De Beers Group is investing $2-million in Kelp Blue, a start-up focused on growing and managing large-scale giant kelp forests, initially off the Namibian coast. These underwater forests have the potential to safely and permanently lock away vast amounts of carbon dioxide... 

Company showcases capabilities on flagship project

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Mining services provider United Mining Services (UMS) Group is involved in a twin shaft sinking, equipping and infrastructure project for the Karowe diamond mine in Botswana. Owned by Lucara Diamond Corp, Karowe mine is one of the world’s leading producers of large, high-quality Type IIA... 

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SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENTS UMS has provided early study input and has taken this twin shaft sinking, equipping and infrastructure project to implementation phase

Gem Diamonds reports higher revenue despite lower prices

By: Darren Parker     21st April 2022 LSE-listed diamond producer Gem Diamonds sold 28 461 ct of diamonds during the quarter ended March 31, up from 24 790 ct sold in the quarter ended December 31. It generated revenue of $52.1-million for the quarter, compared with the $50-million generated in the prior quarter, with the average... 

Gem CEO Clifford Elphick
Gem CEO Clifford Elphick

De Beers lifts first-quarter production by 25% y/y

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2022 Diamond miner De Beers increased its total rough diamond production by 25% year-on-year to 8.9-million carats in the first quarter of this year, reflecting an improved operational performance and higher planned levels of production to meet continued strong demand for rough diamonds. However, the... 

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Strong prices, exceptional diamonds sold drive Petra’s revenues higher 

By: Darren Parker     20th April 2022 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds has reported a 33% year-on-year increase in revenue to $140.6-million for the quarter ended March 31 – the third quarter of its 2022 financial year. In an unaudited trading update released on April 20, Petra said the higher revenue was driven by strong prices achieved in... 

Petra CE Richard Duffy
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Petra CE Richard Duffy

De Beers signs two mineral investment contracts with Angola for north-eastern licence areas

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2022 Diamond multinational De Beers Group has signed two mineral investment contracts (MICs) with the government of Angola for licence areas in north-eastern Angola. This follows the late 2021 announcement that De Beers had applied to explore in Angola following substantive reforms in the country’s... 

Mining production contracted by 6% y/y in February

By: Darren Parker     14th April 2022 Mining production contracted by a steep 6% year-on-year in February following an upwardly revised acceleration of 1.7% in January. This is the largest contraction recorded since January 2021, when production fell by 7.8%. 

De Beers’ third sales cycle generates $565m in revenue

By: Darren Parker     13th April 2022 Diamond miner De Beers, a subsidiary of diversified miner Anglo American, has announced a provisional rough diamond sales value of $565-million for the third sales cycle of 2022. The value included global sightholder sales and auctions for the cycle. 

De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver
De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

BlueRock delivers output improvement despite wet weather

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2022 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds produced 4 643 ct of diamonds at its Kareevlei mine, in South Africa, in the first quarter of this year, despite experiencing persistent wet weather conditions. This was a 32% improvement on the 3 507 ct produced in the first quarter of 2021.  

Diamcor progressing Krone-Endora upgrades

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th April 2022 Canadian mining company Diamcor Mining’s gross revenues from tenders and sales held in its fourth fiscal quarter, ended March 31, increased to $1.3-million – a 21% increase over the previous quarter, from its Krone-Endora at Venetia project in South Africa. Total sales during the fourth quarter... 

Gem Diamonds initiates share buyback programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2022 London-listed Gem Diamonds has initiated a programme to buy back up to $2-million of the company’s ordinary shares. The company has entered into an agreement with Liberum Capital to carry out on-market purchases of its ordinary shares pursuant to the programme. 

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

US sanctions Russian miner producing 30% of world’s diamonds

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2022 The US Treasury has extended sanctions to Russian diamond miner Alrosa PJSC, potentially cutting off about 30% of the world’s supply of rough stones. Clients of Alrosa as well as other counterparties must stop all dealings with the state-controlled Russian miner by May 7, according to a license... 

Lucapa advancing Lulo kimberlite sampling

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2022 Diamond miner Lucapa has completed construction of crushing circuit of the standalone kimberlite bulk sampling plant at its Lulo operation, in Angola. The full stand-alone plant is scheduled for completion and commissioning this quarter, after which, the project’s joint venture partners will be... 

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Zimbabwe mines see $10bn funding shortfall over five years

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2022 Zimbabwe’s mining industry sees a funding shortfall of $10-billion over the next five years, a challenge compounded by erratic power supplies and exchange-rate volatility. While Zimbabwe has the world’s third-biggest reserves of platinum-group metals, plus gold, diamond and chrome mines,... 

Alrosa seeks special licence for Eurobond payment

By: Reuters     5th April 2022 Russian diamond producer Alrosa has asked its trustee to apply to the UK's sanctions regulator for a special licence to allow the company to make coupon payments on its $500-million Eurobond. Alrosa said that UK sanctions currently make it "technically impossible" to pay the coupon due on April... 

BlueRock sold four high-value diamonds in March tender

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2022 Aim-listed diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei diamond mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa has sold four larger gem-quality diamonds in the March tender. A 6.6ct diamond sold for $63 000, an 8.7ct diamond for $104 000, a 12.7ct diamond for $128 000 and... 

Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street– which was constructed in 1921 – will be sold. 

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Historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street.

Pre-sinking complete at Karowe mine

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st April 2022 Shaft pre-sinking at Canadian-headquartered diamond mining company Lucara’s Karowe mine, in Botswana, was completed at the end of February. “Each shaft is approximately -52 m below collar. The final depth for the ventilation shaft is -730 m below surface, and -767 m below surface for the... 

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HOOK, LINE AND SINKER Lucara has completed shaft pre-sinking on its Karowe mine

BlueRock raises £2.1m to implement new mining plan at Kareevlei

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st March 2022 South African diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds, which is listed on the London Aim and operates the Kareevlei mine, in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, has raised £2.1-million through the placing of six-million shares at 35p a share. The net proceeds will be used to provide additional working... 

Tsodilo eyes Trans-Zambezi Railway extension for ore transport benefits

By: Donna Slater     28th March 2022 Diamond and metals explorer Tsodilo Resources is enthused about the completion of the final feasibility study (FFS) for the Trans-Zambezi Railway extension project between the towns of Grootfontein, Rundu and Katima Mulilo in Namibia. Tsodilo chairperson and CEO James Bruchs says the proposed... 

Green hydrogen energy supply to local communities envisaged by Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2022 The green hydrogen footprint being developed by Anglo American could be extended to provide low-cost and efficient energy to local communities. Anglo, which is advancing towards using green hydrogen to replace diesel in the huge haul truck it is building at Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena... 

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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani.

Lucapa reports 11% increase in carats in situ at Lulo

By: Darren Parker     28th March 2022 Following alluvial exploration activities undertaken in 2021, ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company and its partners have increased the Angola-based Lulo mine’s diamond resource in situ carats by 11%, from 135 900 ct as at December 31, 2020, to 151 040 ct at December 31, 2021, after accounting for... 

South African white diamond could fetch more than R400m on auction 

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2022 The largest white diamond ever to come to auction will hit the block at Christie’s in Geneva on May 11. The 228-carat, pear-shaped diamond carries a presale estimate of $20 million to $30 million (~R434 million). The stone, which is about the size of a chicken’s egg, was mined about 20 years ago... 

Russia diamond supply squeeze may benefit Zimbabwe miner’s gems

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2022 Zimbabwe’s biggest rough diamonds miner sees Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggering “far-reaching consequences” for the global gem industry and possibly lifting demand for its own diamonds. Russia’s Alrosa is the world’s biggest diamond producer by volume at 30% and the slightest disruption to... 

Parliaments must act swiftly to reduce climate change – Mapisa-Nqakula  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday urged heads of the world's Parliaments gathering at the 144th plenary assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to undertake all necessary efforts to deal with climate change through oversight and the constitutional powers of the... 

South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Debmarine Namibia inaugurates Benguela Gem diamond recovery vessel 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th March 2022 Diamond mining company Debmarine Namibia on March 18 officially inaugurated its latest diamond recovery vessel, christened on the day as the Benguela Gem (previously the AMV3), at the Port of Walvis Bay, Namibia. Debmarine Namibia is a joint venture marine diamond and prospecting company owned by... 

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Benguela Gem name unveiling

Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

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Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest (right), being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Diamond market recovery contributes to good cash flow, earnings for Gem

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2022 London-listed Gem Diamonds saw continuing recovery of the diamond market in 2021, as evidenced by the robust prices achieved for its large, high-value diamonds and smaller diamonds alike. The company ended the 2021 financial year on solid financial footing thanks to positive cash flows.  

Gem Diamonds' 367 ct Letseng Princess diamond
Gem Diamonds' 367 ct Letseng Princess diamond

Dubai, Botswana organisations partner to promote diamond trade

By: Darren Parker     15th March 2022 United Arab Emirates (UAE) government organisation the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Botswana diamond marketing organisation Okavango Diamond Company (ODC). Under the terms of the MoU, the two parties will work together to promote the... 

DMCC and ODC sign MoU
The DMCC and ODC sign the MoU

De Beers reassures market its diamonds do not come from Russia

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2022 Diamond major De Beers is encouraging retailers to “buy with confidence” by engaging with their suppliers to understand the origin of their diamonds, following an executive order by US President Joe Biden banning the importation of Russia-sourced diamonds into the US. Biden made the move as part... 

De Beers achieves solid revenues in second sales cycle of the year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2022 Diamond miner De Beers has earned revenue of $650-million from its second sales cycle this year. This follows the $660-million in revenue earned in the first cycle of the year and is an improvement on the $550-million of revenue earned in the second sales cycle of 2021.  

De Beers extends partnership with WomEng for three years

By: Donna Slater     8th March 2022 Diamond miner De Beers Group has extended its partnership with female-empowering social enterprise WomEng for a further three years, expanding the reach to cover all four of the countries – South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Canada – where De Beers mines diamonds. The announcement was made on... 

Lucapa raises cash for diamond hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th March 2022 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company on Tuesday announced plans for a A$12.5-million capital raising to fund accelerated exploration programmes in order to take advantage of higher diamond prices. The ASX-listed miner on Tuesday said that it had received firm commitments from institutional and... 

Petra Diamonds achieves strong results in latest tender

By: Darren Parker     7th March 2022 London-listed Petra Diamonds sold 735 222 ct for $140.6-million during Tender 4 of the 2022 financial year, the company said on March 7. For the 2022 financial year so far, the company has sold more than 2.3-million carats for $405.3-million. 

Petra CE Richard Duffy
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Petra CE Richard Duffy

BlueRock sells four diamonds for greater than $100 000 each

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2022 Aim-listed diamond producer BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei diamond mine, in Kimberley, South Africa, sold four gem-quality diamonds in the February tender for $460 000, thereby taking the total average price to $638/ct – 37% higher than it was in 2021. The average... 

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