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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...

19 june 2017

Global demand for polished diamonds will remain steady – Ali Pastorini

Ali Pastorini, senior vice-president of the World Jewelry Hub, answered questions from Rough & Polished concerning the world diamond market, preferences of consumers and role of bank crediting.

13 june 2017

Eternal values in Malaya Bronnaya Street

The assay supervision in Russia is 317 years old. Much younger is the Moscow Gemological Certification Centre (MGCC) established under the Assay Chamber and located in the same ancient respectable mansion at 18, Malaya Bronnaya Street. The MGCC employees’...

05 june 2017

Diamonds will have the greatest potential in 2017

Mumbai-based Rajesh Bhagat, India Consultant of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) who oversees HKTDC’s operations across India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, has been assisting companies, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the...

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Namibia anti-corruption commission ‘drops’ diamond firm probe – report

17 february 2017
Namibia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has reportedly “dropped” an investigation into whether the state-owned Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) deliberately sold the country’s diamonds cheaply to Dubai-based firms.
The Namibian newspaper had previously claimed that Namdia sold the country's diamonds for a song to the Arabs who then went on to sell the diamonds at a higher price in the Middle East.
It cited sources claiming that Namdia sold diamonds for US$500 per carat in Windhoek, but the same diamonds were then sold abroad for $2 500 per carat.
The country’s mines minister Obeth Kandjoze dismissed the allegations.
However, this did not stop the ACC to establish whether the diamonds were indeed deliberately underpriced.
“I requested him (Kandjoze) to provide clarity (on Namdia),” ACC director general Paulus Noa was quoted as saying by The Namibian newspaper.
“The minister gave me all the answers I wanted. I am satisfied with the answer.”
Although Noa said he was convinced that nothing fishy took place, the daily cited people “with links” to ACC as saying that the investigation into the new diamond company was still ongoing.

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

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