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Mining Charter III provisions seen by some as too onerous for junior miners 

By: Nadine James     24th May 2019 There should be a new regulatory regime for juniors – one that adheres to the spirit of Mining Charter 3, but which introduces reasonable and achievable transformation and procurement targets relative to the size and financial constraints of junior and emerging miners, says Eversheds Sutherland... 

Debswana awards mining contract, starts Cut-9 project

24th May 2019 Debswana Diamond Company (Debswana) has awarded a local contract to Majwe Mining, a joint venture (JV) between Bothakga Burrow Botswana and mining services provider Thiess Botswana, to provide diamond mining services to Debswana’s Cut-9 project at the Jwaneng diamond mine. The value of the... 

1 758 ct diamond another victory for XRT circuit at Karowe

24th May 2019 Canadian miner Lucara Diamond Corp has recovered a 1 758 ct uncut diamond – the world’s second-largest – from its wholly owned Karowe diamond mine, in Botswana. The unbroken stone, one of the largest diamonds in recorded history, the largest diamond recovered in Botswana, and the largest diamond... 

Exploration projects on the rise in Botswana

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th May 2019 Following the discovery of the second-largest diamond in Botswana since 2015, the country has received more attention, with investors wanting to invest more in mining projects in the region, says diamond exploration and project development company Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell. Campbell... 

Base metals promise future prosperity for Botswana economy

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th May 2019 The base metals industry is an exciting prospect for Botswana, as copper mining is increasing, which bodes well for the country’s economy, says Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) CEO Charles Siwawa. Although copper- and nickel-producing mines have temporarily closed down, companies such as Khoemacau... 

Mining Charter III provisions seen by some as too onerous for junior miners

By: Nadine James     24th May 2019 There should be a new regulatory regime for juniors – one that adheres to the spirit of Mining Charter 3, but which introduces reasonable and achievable transformation and procurement targets relative to the size and financial constraints of junior and emerging miners, says Eversheds Sutherland... 

Ghana seeks investors to mine bauxite to fund infrastructure

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2019 Ghana is inviting investors to submit plans on how to tap the nation’s bauxite deposits as the government seeks to leverage more of its mineral resources to fund infrastructure. The government will receive proposals from interested parties until the end of the year on how to expand production and... 

Jupiter Gold set to become cash flow positive

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2019 Gold royalty company Jupiter Gold on Wednesday reported that its first royalty project, the Pindaíba project, operated by Brazil Minerals, was expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2019. The company’s gold recovery plant would be used in operations and Jupiter Gold would receive a... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project  

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2019 A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4-billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions. The African Export-Import Bank has the mandate to raise money for the... 

Petra sells 424.89 ct diamond for nearly $15m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2019 London-listed Petra Diamonds has sold the 424.89 ct Legacy of the Cullinan Diamond Mine diamond to Stargems Group/Choron for just under $15-million. The exceptional D-colour Type IIa diamond was mined from the Cullinan C-Cut and adds to the most famous diamonds to have originated from the... 

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