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SA’s Vutomi project can start production end of 2018 – John Teeling

Botswana Diamonds entered into an option and earn-in agreement with Vutomi Mining and Razorbill Properties, a private diamond exploration and development firm in South Africa last February. It agreed to pay Vutomi a total of £942,000 in cash, of which...

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Proximity doesn’t matter, your pocket does: Tanzanians interested in tanzanite jewellery can testify

Tanzanite, a rare blue/purple gem, was discovered in the Merarani Hills of Manyara Region in northern Tanzania in 1967, a few miles from Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. It is used as a gemstone and of late Tanzanians are manufacturing quality jewellery...

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Global demand for polished diamonds will remain steady – Ali Pastorini

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Eternal values in Malaya Bronnaya Street

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Diamonds will have the greatest potential in 2017

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Endiama rules out additional investors for Luaxe kimberlite project

16 february 2017
Angolan state diamond company, Endiama said it is currently negotiating with its partner, Alrosa of Russia for the financing of the Luaxe kimberlite project and will not seek additional investors.
Endiama and the Russian diamond giant discovered Luaxe in 2015.
Macauhub quoted company’s chairperson Antonio Carlos Sumbula as saying that the diamond companies would raise the funds on their own.
Alrosa president Andrei Zharkov said last September that capital investments in Luaxe project during its mine life was estimated at $1 billion.
The project, which was expected to begin diamond production within three to four years, was projected to record an annual output of between 8 million carats and 10 million carats.
It was bigger than the Catoca, which currently produces about 80 percent of the country’s total diamond output.
Catoca, the fourth largest kimberlite in the world, was also partly-owned by Endiama and Alrosa.
Meanwhile, Sumbula said Endiama would slightly reduce production to improve revenue until Luaxe starts operating.
“When the company was producing 8 million carats revenue was $1.2 billion, but in 2016, with production of 9 million carats, revenue fell to $1.07 billion,” said Sumbula.
“Our intention is to work towards more revenue, based on a drop in production.”

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished

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