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South African investors have little appetite for investments

A business and technical leader in the diamond exploration and mining industry, James Campbell has spent over thirty years in the diamond industry and is currently Managing Director of Botswana Diamonds plc. His immediate past role was Chief Executive...

24 april 2017

Jean-Marc Lieberherr: Medium to long term prospects for the world diamond market are strong

Diamond Producers Association (DPA) was established in May 2015 by seven of the world's leading diamond companies, including ALROSA and DE BEERS, to maintain and increase the demand for diamonds, as well as their credibility. One of DPA’s most important...

17 april 2017

Chidhakwa: I have no misgivings about diamond mining consolidation in Zim

Zimbabwe’s mines minister Walter Chidhakwa stands accused of decimating the country’s diamond industry when he decided early last year to streamline operations of mining companies in Marange and that of partly Russian-owned, DTZ-OZGEO, in Chimanimani...

10 april 2017

We are open for good business in all our locations - Erik Jens

Erik Jens, the Global Head - Diamond & Jewellery Clients - AMRO BANK N.V. comes armed with professional experience in banking, financing and investments. He has specialized in private wealth management solutions, investments in hedge funds, private...

03 april 2017

Those who do not define their own niche, will not survive

The Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair (ADTF) enjoys broad industry support as a key annual event for the international jewelry community. The invitation to the ADTF can be obtained directly from the organizers, on the recommendation of one of the participants...

27 march 2017

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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