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Diamonds News

Can Mining's 'Paradise Lost' be 'Regained'

8th June 2001 A special report on the prospects for mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Joseph Kabila and a proposed new mining code offer hope, Mining Weekly Deputy Editor Terence Creamer reports. 

Gem miner opts for 'air-lift' technology

8th June 2001 South African diamond-miner Trans Hex Group (THG) has decided not to follow the example of other deep-sea diamond-mining companies, which have been using seabed crawlers to retrieve the precious stones from the bottom of the sea. 

Like a game of snooker

1st June 2001 It was predictable that the mighty De Beers would win the day. But at least the resistance put up by the valiant Barnard Jacobs Mellet (BJM) won two extra dollars a share, which is not to be sneezed at. The contest was not unlike a game of snooker, with BJM eventually having the wisdom to admit... 

Diamond-mining, African coast

By: System Author     8th December 2000 A new underwater machine has been developed to recover diamonds buried in the ocean floor off the African coast. 

Walking jack-up platform to ‘jack up’ sea diamond-mining

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Diamond exploration and mining group Trans Hex will invite South African companies to tender for the bulk of the heavy steelwork for a R40-million walking jack-up platform. 

Platinum industry slogan: It’s the market, stupid!

By: System Author     1st December 2000 The industry has shown itself to be a competent marketer, putting to shame a number of other mineral businesses which have focused almost exclusively on production, leaving the market to the elements. 

SA jewellery sector must consolidate

By: System Author     1st December 2000 The fragmentation of the South African jewellery industry remains the single biggest hurdle in the development of the country’s platinum jewellery sector. 

Deeper pockets red-taped

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Editorial 

A technical breakthrough in shallow-marine gem-mining

By: System Author     17th November 2000 In a new venture to improve the recovery rate in high-grade shallow areas, diamond-mining group Trans Hex has commissioned a shallow-water mining tool. 

Meet the new ‘CEO’ of Bafokeng inc

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Bafokeng will diversify income, says new ‘CEO’ 

Prospecting success with airborne technology

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The world’s largest mining company, Anglo American, is having significant exploration success with its proprietary electromagnetic prospecting system, Spectrem. 

We’re out of here

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Editorial 

The 75% platinum expansion

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Anglo Platinum has announced an expansion of its platinum production from the 1999 calendar year base of some 2-million ounces to 3,5-million ounces by the end of calendar year 2006. 

Jewellery hub hopes to obtain industrial development zone status

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The R65-million African Gold Zone adjacent to Rand Refinery in Germiston, East Rand, is receiving heavyweight support from Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin, who pledges to “back the development to the hilt”. 

World congress on platinum future in SA next month

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The second biennial World Platinum Congress will be held on November 15 and 16 in Johannesburg. 

The African Gold Zone, Gauteng

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Africa’s first internationally competitive gold jewellery manufacturing facility – The African Gold Zone – is to be established on Rand Refinery property near Johannesburg 

How diamond giant will spend its cash pile

By: System Author     8th September 2000 While the much-maligned De Beers diamond stockpile had shrunk healthily by June to $2,7-billion, there is now another stockpile weighing down the company’s balance sheet – cash has swelled to more than $2-billion. 

America: A diamond’s best friend

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Americans will consume half the diamonds sold this year, but will De Beers remain an American outlaw? 

Minister on ‘war diamond’ monitoring board

By: System Author     11th August 2000 An international monitoring council could soon be in place to curb the international trade in ‘conflict diamonds’, reports Department of Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. 

Jewellery needs try-babies, not cry-babies

By: System Author     11th August 2000 The single biggest barrier to the growth of the South African jewellery industry is the attitude of many of those involved in the industry. 

A jewellery-manufacturing engine in the making

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Harmony 

World’s ‘Saudi Arabia’ of diamonds

By: System Author     4th August 2000 Orapa’s growth is entrenching Botswana’s position as the ‘Saudi Arabia’ of the diamond world. 

Escaping the cartel cocoon

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Bit-by-bit, a new De Beers is beginning to break free from its cartel cocoon. 

First mass-market jewellery brand

By: System Author     28th July 2000 The first mass-market jewellery brand is on the way. Driving it will be the world’s largest gold company and its new jewellery satellite. 

Editorial/Cartoon

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Editorial 

Editorial/Cartoon

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Editorial 

Editorial/Cartoon

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Editorial 

Democracy & Diamonds

By: System Author     22nd June 2000 Democracy the way to beat the ‘dirty diamond’ image 

Diamond Act review imminent

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The review of the Diamond Act of 1986 is expected to be published for public comment before the end of this month. 

Conflict diamonds a source of concern

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

Buying a diamond with confidence

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

17,8% increase in employment

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

600 000 carats is the target

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

Process plant pump for diamond-exploration company

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Diamonds & marine mining 

Diamond-miner pinning hopes on new technology

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Alluvial and marine diamond-mining in South Africa appears to be regaining its sparkle, judging by the performance of Cape diamond-mining company Trans Hex in the last financial year. 

Polishing up on diamond skills

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Mining education & training 

The story of Namibian mining

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Namibia had 37 producing mines in 1998 – the most recent year for which full statistics are available – earning more than R2-billion in exports sales. 

Koffiefontein

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Mine 

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