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Venetia aims to address shortages
17th June 2022

Following the protests over water shortages in Musina last month, a meeting was convened between the Musina local municipality, the Vhembe district municipality and diamond miner De Beers’ Venetia... 

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Diamond miners require supportive regulation
17th June 2022 By: Mandisa Nyathi

Government needs to provide regulatory laws that protect the interests of natural diamond owners with the rise of laboratory-grown diamonds in the market, Aim- and BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds MD... 

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Firm revamps pumps to support miners
17th June 2022

Revamping its distributorship base in recent years has given submersible pump specialist Integrated Pump Technology a solid foundation to support customers around sub-Saharan Africa. A key focus... 

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Pandemic revives diamond industry
17th June 2022 By: Mandisa Nyathi

The Covid-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise for the diamond industry, as supply constraints caused by the knock-on effects of the restrictions resulted in increased prices, after sustained... 

Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine 'conflict diamonds'
Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine 'conflict diamonds'
16th June 2022 By: Reuters

Russia has torpedoed a Western-backed proposal to discuss whether its diamonds are funding war ahead of an international conflict diamond meeting in Botswana, letters seen by Reuters show. The... 

Burgundy unveils luxury diamond brand
16th June 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diamond miner Burgundy Diamond Mines has unveiled its ‘ultra-luxury’ diamond brand Maison Mazerea, aimed at cutting and polishing natural fancy colour diamonds. The ASX-listed company said that... 

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ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst
15th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating... 

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245 ct diamond discovered at Letšeng
13th June 2022 By: Darren Parker

LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has announced the recovery of an exceptional quality 245 ct white Type II diamond from the Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, on June 11. Type II diamonds have no measurable nitrogen... 

Six people killed in Congo diamond mine cave-in
9th June 2022 By: Reuters

At least six people were killed when an artisanal diamond mine in Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai province caved in, a provincial official said on Thursday, adding that there could be more... 

Lucapa warns of tax changes in Lesotho
9th June 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has flagged a possible legislative change in Lesotho, which could affect its operations. A proposed value added tax (VAT) Amendment Bill is currently under... 

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M&R's Mining platform achieves strong recovery, order book at pre-pandemic levels
8th June 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Engineering and mining contracting firm Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) Mining platform says its order book has recovered to pre-pandemic levels. M&R Mining Platform CEO Mike da Costa adds that the... 

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Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds
8th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold... 

De Beers hikes small diamond prices as sanctions cause shortages
7th June 2022 By: Bloomberg

De Beers has raised the price of smaller diamonds as sanctions on its Russian rival creates a growing shortage of some stones. The price of small rough diamonds, the type that would end up... 

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Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres
6th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of... 

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Rio unveils future plans for pink diamonds
3rd June 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified major Rio Tinto as unveiled a new strategy for the future development of its Argyle Pink Diamonds brand, following the 2020 closure of the Argyle mine, in Western Australia. The... 

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Far-reaching JSE reforms highlighted at exploration-focused Junior Indaba
1st June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The June 1 launch of the JSE’s new Cutting Red Tape initiative to make listing on the JSE considerably easier, faster and more sustainable is twinning with JSE’s recent private placements... 

BlueRock lowers guidance as above-average rainfall hits Kareevlei production
1st June 2022 By: Donna Slater

Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds reports that above-average rainfall in the first five months of the year at its Kareevlei diamond mine, near Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, had significantly impeded... 

Newfield resumes mining at Sierra Leone diamond mine
1st June 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Newfield Resources has resumed mining at its Tongo diamond mine, in Sierra Leone, following a fatality in May. The company in May reported a fall of ground incident in an underground... 

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Comprehensive diamond course enables stakeholders to update their industry-specific knowledge
31st May 2022

The online Diamond Course, held from June 20 to 30, 2022, under the auspices of the Overberg Geoscientists Group (OGG), South African Diamond Producers Organisation (SADPO) and the Geological... 

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Botswana mining sector on the rebound
27th May 2022 By: Halima Frost

The Botswana mining sector is on the rebound, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the sustained period of subdued commodities prices from 2015 to 2019, industry organisation... 

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Alliance promotes citizen-owned firms in fuel
27th May 2022

In a ground-breaking development for the Botswana oil and gas industry, leading diamond producer Debswana and national oil body Botswana Oil have entered a strategic partnership that is aimed at... 

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Botswana’s only gold mine changes hands
27th May 2022

Gold ore mining company Galane Gold announced earlier this month that it had completed the sale of its Mupane gold mine in Botswana to majority citizen-owned company Hawks Mining Company. Mupane... 

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JV stalls, but still on offer
27th May 2022

Diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) announced earlier this month that, despite intensive advanced and ongoing discussions with interested parties, the board has been unable to... 

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South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple
26th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his... 

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Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears
26th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the... 

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Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead
25th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that... 

Stark-Anderson joins Mountain Province board
24th May 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Canadian mining executive Kelly Stark-Anderson has been appointed to the board of Mountain Province Diamonds, following the departure of Dean Chambers, who has chosen to step down owing to other... 

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Southern Africa deemed highly prospective for diamonds
20th May 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Diamond exploration and project development company Botswana Diamonds regards Southern Africa as one of the most prospective destinations for diamonds globally. The Kalahari region of Botswana has... 

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Critical mineral demand of order of magnitude never seen – Sheila Khama
19th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

"My genuine sense is that we are going to see a growth in the mining sector of an order of magnitude we haven't seen. I also think that we're going to find that the need for minerals is going to... 

Botswana Diamonds identifies anomalies indicative of kimberlite pipes
19th May 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Aim- and BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds’ ground geophysics survey on its Sekaka diamonds prospecting licences, in Botswana, have revealed high-interest anomalies indicative of kimberlite pipes... 

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