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Diamonds News

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. 

Firm's aggressive development plans continue

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Provided that the currently aggressive mode of Trans Hex exploration and research and development plans continue and prove successful, the Mining Weekly estimates that up to R850-million could conceivably be spent on expansion and capitalising new projects in the next 5 years. 

SA diamond giant's Canadian foray

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2001 Diamond company De Beers' first underground mine outside Africa will probably be commissioned in 2004, says international projects GM Dave Porter. 

Gem giant spends 8m 'e' dollars

By: Keith Campbell     26th June 2001 SOUTH African diamond giant De Beers is revolutionising the way it does business by embracing electronic-business. 

N Cape firms to get R60m from gem project

22nd June 2001 Significant progress has been made on De Beers’ R610-million Kimberley Mines combined treatment plant (CTP), in the Northern Cape. 

Tanzanite hopes rise after long delay

By: Laura Franz     22nd June 2001 South African coloured gemstone group African Gem Resources (Afgem) is set to begin mining on a site in the Lelatema mountains of Northern Tanzania before year-end, where the world's only known reserves of the rare coloured-gemstone tanzanite are found. 

Grade improvement at Messina

By: Zonika Botha     22nd June 2001 A bulk underground grade sample taken from the Upper Group Two (UG2) and Merensky platinum reefs has shown a 9% grade increase, SouthernEra Chairperson Dr Christopher Jennings tells Mining Weekly. 

Platinum – the metal of the millennium

22nd June 2001 Justly, platinum is thought of as the metal of the new millennium. 

SA junior seeks to ramp-up Taung gem exploration

18th June 2001 Mining and exploration company Thabex Exploration has disposed of its 40% interest in Pioneer Minerals for a sum of R2,6-million in order to fund ongoing exploration of its subsidiary, Pure Diamonds, in the Taung district of South Africa’s North West Province. 

Cost efficiency becomes critical on mine machines

15th June 2001 The greatest cost to mines in real terms is not the purchase price of a mining machine, but its operating costs over time, reports equipment supplier Liebherr. 

Mining’s big B2B begins transacting

By: Laura Franz     15th June 2001 Limited transacting has begun through mining, minerals and metals e-marketplace Quadrem in a test phase involving the first group of companies integrated into its system, which includes South African mining giants De Beers, Anglo Platinum, Anglogold and Anglo Coal, reports CEO Michael Efting. 

SA diamond-processing plants for DRC

15th June 2001 International mining company Oryx Natural Resources has awarded a multimillion US dollar contract for the supply of diamond-processing plants for two of its mining sites near Mbuji-Mayi, in the DRC, to Johannesburg company Bateman Project Holdings. 

Gems, sex, lies and video  

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2001 State-owned diamond miner Alexkor is no stranger to peculiar stories, and here's another one. 

Stalwart marine miner conquering rough seas

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2001 Despite the hitches that diamond-miner Namco experienced last year when its Namssol 1 vessel broke in half and a number of the company’s subsidiaries were forced into provisional liquidation, the firm should still be considered a high-tech, high-risk, high-return company, believes corporate... 

Canada/SA project to take to water in November

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2001 The joint marine mining operations of South Africa’s Trans Hex and Canada’s Diamond Fields International (DFI) within the latter’s Mining licence III area off the Namibian coast near L 

Diamond sampling under way

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2001 Diamond producer De Beers is currently sampling its tailings at the Jagersfontein diamond-mine in the Free State. 

Community benefiting from diamond project

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2001 All contractors that will be involved with the De Beers combined treatment plant will have to fulfil a contract participation goal, which requires that a certain percentage of the contract benefit the Kimberley community. 

Device developed for shallow water mining

14th June 2001 Cape Town company Petrel Engineering has designed and manufactured a dedicated underwater diamond-mining device (DMD) to be used in shallow water mining operations. 

Hydraulic systems for marine mining

14th June 2001 Hydraulics supplier Hytech has been designing and supplying hydraulic systems to the marine diamond-mining industry for many years, especially to De Beers Marine. 

Environment more valued than diamonds

14th June 2001 Diamond producer De Beers Marine leads the world in diamond-mining at ocean depths of greater than 80 m. 

Small diamond miners dig bigger machines

14th June 2001 Mining and construction equipment supplier Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa reports a marked swing among independent diamond digging operations towards larger hydraulic excavators. 

Canada’s diamond producing potential sparkling

14th June 2001 Canada could be among the world’s leading rough diamond producers by 2005 thanks to the mining and exploration efforts of companies such as De Beers Canada. 

Lining material fins diamond application

14th June 2001 A lining material known as Simona HMG 1000 ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, has been introduced into the mining industry by De Beers which used it to line the box chutes at its new plant in Kimberly. 

Junior scours Potgietersrus for PGMs, gems

14th June 2001 A Canadian mining company, Caledonia Mining, and Sutherland Services, of the British Virgin Islands, have signed an agreement whereby Caledonia has the option to acquire 50% of Sutherland's interests in the Pruissen and Vier-En-Twintig Rivier properties near Potgietersrus in the Northern... 

New COO something of a coup

14th June 2001 The acquisition of experienced mining executive Mike Eksteen,53, is something of a coup for SouthernEra, the Canadian-listed group headed by South African Dr Chris Jennings. 

From gold back to diamonds

13th June 2001 South Africa’s leading black-owned and controlled diamond company New Diamond Corporation (NDC) has appointed Alan Smith as CEO with effect from July 1. 

Gem find in Namibia

12th June 2001 Australian-based Mount Burgess Mining has announced the discovery of a macrodiamond and accompanying pyrope garnet from its Tsumke diamond project in Namibia, on the north-eastern border with Botswana. 

Diamond plant throughput rises 67%

8th June 2001 Diamond mining company Tans Hex Group's (THG's) new R136-million central plant at Baken mine, near the small village of Sanddrif, in the Namaqualand, was officially opened by Nothern Cape Premier Manne Dipico last month. 

Last of diamond Mohicans mourns loss of tribal chief

8th June 2001 The operations MD of the Trans Hex Group (THG), Peter Danchin, has expressed disappointment at the fact that De Beers will soon be delisted from the JSE Securities Exchange, in Johannesburg. 

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. 

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