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Diamonds News

State seeks partner for Alexkor

20th September 2001 The South African government will issue a request for proposals in February next year in an endeavour to introduce a 25% strategic equity partner into State-owned diamond-miner Alexkor. 

Progress on conflict gem protocol

19th September 2001 With less than two months to go before the final deadline for the report on conflict diamonds due for presentation at the United Nations’ 56th session, the Kimberley Process has announced some significant progress in the development of detailed proposals for the international certification... 

Investor interest in DRC zinc project heats up

By: Laura Franz     14th September 2001 Diamond giant De Beers is spot on at half-time with its exploration budget, having spent some $39-million of the $75-million allocated for the current year, reported MD Gary Ralfe last month. 

Russian diamond-sorting technology on offer

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 A Russian company has developed new technolgies for sorting diamonds through flourescence and sifting gold particles from sands and gravels. 

Production to start in November at marine gem site

13th September 2001 Full-scale mining of a marine diamond deposit off Namibia is expected to start in early November. 

Research for the people

7th September 2001 South African science councils serve the needs of a developing country and should therefore balance academic blue-sky research with relevant and applicable information aimed at poverty alleviation. 

Time to market SA as a gem cutter and polisher

By: Laura Franz     7th September 2001 South Africa is going to have to polish the image of its diamond industry to attract foreign investment if it is to improve the sector’s future prospects, maintains South African Diamond Board (SADB) acting CEO Luvuyo Mabombo. 

More spin-offs from gem plant construction

7th September 2001 A five-year loading and hauling contract worth R40-million a year has been awarded to Super Stone Mining, of Kimberley, Northern Cape. 

Diamond miners talk marketing

5th September 2001 Leading international mining company, BHP Billiton, met Russian diamond group Alrosa in Moscow to discuss its diamond marketing strategy at a time when the Russian company is negotiating to extend its sales pact with De Beers. 

New life-of-mine schedule for diamond project

31st August 2001 Wholly owned subsidiary of Runge Mining Australia, Mineral Resource Management Mining Services (MRM) has completed the life-of-mine schedule for the De Beers Premier C-Cut project using the Xpac Autoscheduler. 

Mountain Kindgdom wants to be diamond kingdom

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2001 Two large-scale diamond-mines could come on stream in Lesotho by next June, creating at least 500 direct jobs and boosting the mountain kingdom’s mining revenue. 

Police in Sierra Leone swoop on ‘blood diamonds”

30th August 2001 Sierra Leone’s police have unleashed a major operation to seize illegal ‘blood diamonds’ and stop rampant smuggling of the stones that have helped fuel a decade of war, they said on Tuesday. 

Black group increases its gem stake

30th August 2001 Leading black resources firm Mvelaphanda Diamonds (Mvela) will increase its stake in alluvial diamond miner Trans Hex group (Trans Hex) to an eventual 24,5% following the acquisition of 16-million convertible debentures to be issued by Trans Hex and an option on a further five-million ordinary... 

Namibian gem miner claims its recovery is on track

27th August 2001 Diamond-miner Namibian Minerals Corporation (Namco) has reported progress in stabilising the company following the NamSSol accident and the provisional liquidation of certain subsidiaries in the first quarter, with second quarter results reflecting the disruption in operations as a result of... 

Gauteng's mining heritage is fading away

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2001 Johannesburg's – and Gauteng's – rich mining and minerals heritage is being lost through neglect. 

Gauteng's mining heritage is fading away

24th August 2001 Johannesburg's – and Gauteng's – rich mining and minerals heritage is being lost through neglect 

Is De Beers reneging on transparency commitment?

14th August 2001 At the delisting of De Beers earlier this year head Nicky Oppenheimer gave the South African public a guarantee that his company would not “hide behind a wall” and that full disclosure and transparency would continue. 

Malawi seeks gem prospects

13th August 2001 Malawi's continuous exploration for mineral resources has indicated prospects for diamond-mining in the country. 

Malawi seeks gem prospects

10th August 2001 Malawi's continuous exploration of mineral resources has indicated prospects for diamond mining in the country. 

Months of testwork to improve throughput at mine

20th July 2001 Working in close conjunction with Debswana’s Jwaneng process engineers in Botswana, Multotec Process Equipment has assisted in a project aimed at increasing the throughput at the diamond-mine’s recrusher plant. 

Drill-rig a gem on diamond-mines

20th July 2001 Diamond producer De Beers Namaqualand Mines has successfully used a Bauer BG36C large-diameter bucket auger drill-rig to explore alluvial diamond deposits on South Africa’s West Coast. 

Gem plant gets a bigger budget and better features

20th July 2001 Several improvements have been implemented on De Beers’ combined treatment plant, in Kimberley, Northern Cape, raising the project‘s value to R780-million. 

When being a woman miner was illegal

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2001 When South Africa’s first woman mining engineer graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1994, it was against the law for her or any other woman to work underground in the country’s mines. 

Five thickeners ordered for N Cape gem plant

13th July 2001 East Rand company Baker Process has received an order from Fluor Daniel SA for a deep-cone paste thickener package, the first of its kind to be manufactured in South Africa. 

Another empowerment boost from gem project

6th July 2001 Economic development in the Northern Cape has received a significant boost with the establishment of the R4-million Sedibeng diamond recovery plant situated on the perimeter of the dormant De Beers mine. 

A new R140-m plant opened

29th June 2001 Security provider Swisslog Trans-Tele's air-tube transportation systems have strengthened the security of two South African diamond sorting operations. 

R1,7m upgrade for CTP substation

29th June 2001 The Jack Matthews substation at the De Beers central treatment plant in Kimberley is being upgraded, at a cost of R1,7-million by switchgear and electrical distribution specialist Reyrolle. 

Screens supplied to diamond-mines

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Weighing, feeding and screening manufacturers Schenck Ash's linear motion screens are making big in-roads into the Southern African diamond-mining industry. 

Construction of new mine imminent

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Construction of the small new diamond-mine Damtshaa, in Botswana, will get under way later this month, says De Beers operations director Gavin Beevers. 

State delays Angola's biggest diamond-mine

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Canadian Mining company SouthernEra is still committed to Angola and remain optimistic about the potential of the Camafuca project, despite delays by the Angolan government in the awarding of the mining licence for what will become the biggest diamond-mine in the country. 

New life breathed into decade-old mines

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Diamond giant De Beers is determined to extend the life of its Kimberly diamond-mines well into the new century, says operations director Gavin Beevers. 

More orders for global materials-handling firm

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Mining and materials handling specialist Krupp MMH is processing two more orders for heavy-duty apron feeders for Debswana's Jwaneng and Orapa Mines. 

Diamond project well under way

29th June 2001 With the important announcement of the new Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) for Kimberley Mines, diamond giant De Beers have shown tangible faith in the future of Kimberley Mines and its region. 

Rubber-lining contract awarded

29th June 2001 Transvaal Rubber Company Truco has been awarded the rubber lining contract for the new Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) project at De Beers Kimberley Mines, managed by Fluor, while the structural steel platework contract went to Genrec Engineering of Wadeville, Johannesburg. 

Air helps safeguard diamonds

29th June 2001 Speaking at the opening of the R140-million new central plant at Trans Hex's flagship Baken mine, near Alexander Bay, Northern Cape Premier, Manne Dipico said that a better South Africa could only be achieved if business made bold decisions and invested in South Africa. 

Diamond exploration on six legs instead of eight

By: Zonika Botha     29th June 2001 Marine exploration on an elaborate eight-legged walking jack-up platform is making way for a more moderate six-legged version, Mining Weekly can today report. 

Diamond-cutter upbeat about the industry

29th June 2001 Medium-sized diamond cutting factory based in Doonfontein South African Teemane Company specialises in the cutting and polishing of diamonds of two carats rough and over. 

Containerised processing-plants offered

29th June 2001 Design and manufacturers of diamond processing plants, ADP Projects, is leading the modular plant market into the future with its containerised designs. 

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