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30.03.2015
White Rivers Exploration seeks JV partner to develop SA alluvial diamond asset
jochen_schweitzer_x.jpgWhite Rivers Exploration (WRE) was founded by well-known Australian explorer Mark Creasy in 2007. The company has multi-commodity tenements situated in South Africa’s Witwatersrand gold basin and Natal Coalfields, and is one of the largest gold explorers in the southern African country. Although WRE’s main target is gold, the company was exploring for a suite of 17 commodities with focus on diamonds, manganese, coal, gas and uranium.Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa spoke to Jochen Schweitzer (Director of Shango Solutions, geological consultants to WRE) on the sidelines of the 2015 Mining Indaba, which took place in Cape Town, who provided an overview on WRE’s potential diamond deposit. Below are the excerpts.

23.03.2015
We are seeing a slow and steady rise in demand for diamond jewellery - Joy Alukkas
joy_alukkas_x.jpgJoy Alukkas, Chairman and MD of Joyalukkas Group set up his first shop in Abu Dhabi in 1987, which grew into a jewellery retail chain and continued expansion to countries like India, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Today, the Joyalukkas Group is involved in various businesses other than jewellery, which includes Money Exchange Centres, Luxury Aviation, Malls, Fashion & Silks and Realty. And, in a span of just two decades, the Group has grown into a multi-billion global conglomerate. In an interview with Rough & Polished, Joy Alukkas speaks about his dreams and plans for the future of Joyalukkas Group.

16.03.2015
There are immense potentialities in India for diamond mining - T. M. Babu
tirumala_babu_x.jpgDr. T. M. Babu is an exploration geologist with 40 years of worldwide experience investigating diamonds, gold, tin, platinum, copper, and other rare metals in many parts of the world. He was associated with the Government of India in the Planning Commission and the Geological Survey of India, United Nations Development Programme (USA), BRGM (France), Wardrop Engineering Inc. (Canada), Kyrgyzstan, Coronation International (UK) and several international organizations. He has authored many books related to metals and mining and continues to do so till date... Here, Dr. Babu shares his thoughts with Rough&Polished on his work in geology.





Namaqualand Diamond Pits Undergo Major Rehabilitation

07.04.2009

Huge open diamond mining pits are currently being turned into oyster farms and nurseries in a multi-million-rand project that may well turn the diamond wasteland of Namaqualand, South Africa into a tourist attraction, Israelidiamond.co.il reported.
Namaqualand, where 80 years of diamond mining has left much of the coastline littered with deep holes, is currently undergoing extensive rehabilitation.
Giant diamond miner De Beers has agreed to back a plan to restore the pitted landscape. Among the projects is an oyster farm which has already been set up in a converted diamond mine pit near Kleinzee.
De Beers also recently joined forces with the Conservation Africa global environmental group to set up a 32000ha eco-zone in the middle of its diamond mine which was once the largest alluvial diamond-producing area in the world.
The project, which is called Living Edge of Africa Project (Leap), is to serve as a lifeline for the abandoned diamond mining towns of Kleinzee and Koingnaas, which morphed into ghost towns when De Beers retrenched most of its Namaqualand workforce.
Leap’s employment projects will help De Beers to comply with strict new diamond mining regulations pertaining to social labor plans and ecological conservation.
Among the planned projects are sea water greenhouses to produce food and fresh water for local consumption, aquaculture farms, producing oysters, perlemoen and mussels in tanks and water-logged mining pits, wind farms producing renewable energy and more.
The project is the joint brainchild of global conservation group Conservation International and environmental scientist Dr Peter Carrick, who heads the Namaqualand Restoration Initiative at the University of Cape Town.

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