Login

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...

Today

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...

29 may 2017

De Beers to hold sight next week without SA rough diamonds – report

16 june 2017
De Beers is expected to hold its sightholder sales next week at the Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) in Gaborone without rough diamonds from neighbouring South Africa.
South Africa's minerals minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, had been refusing to grant an exemption to De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) to export diamonds to Botswana for aggregation.
DBCM had since approached the local courts to force the minister change his position.
The Patriot newspaper quoted Botswana Chamber of Mines chief executive, Charles Siwawa, as saying that it was surprising that such a decision with far reaching implications on the relationship between the two neighbouring countries had been made by the individual minister.
"The decision could affect bi-lateral relations between the neighbours. It should not have been unilateral at ministerial level,” he said.
“One would expect that it would be reached after both governments engage at a high level where one would forewarn the other to make necessary preparations going forward."
Siwawa said although blocking supply from South Africa for aggregation in Botswana would not stop operations at DTCB, although it would disrupt the diamond mix in the process.
Diamonds produced by De Beers in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Canada were aggregated in Gaborone like they used to be in London.
Once the aggregation process was complete, rough diamonds of higher value were then re-imported back to the producing countries, South Africa included, for cutting and polishing.
About 40 percent of diamonds mined in South Africa by De Beers were allocated to local diamond cutters and polishers.

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

Comments

Only registered users can add comments (Register, Login)