Now that prices have begun to climb once again it is important not to return to the situation that existed before - Gaetano Cavalieri

The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) represents the entire jewelry industry embracing a whole variety of companies, from those mining precious metals and gems to those, which are manufacturing and selling final products. The confederation members...

24 october 2016

The period of volatility and gradual adjustment will continue in the immediate future - Vipul Shah

Vipul Shah, an ace businessman and visionary, has been instrumental in establishing the Asian Star Group’s global network. Under his guidance, Asian Star, a company solely into diamond manufacturing, ‘metamorphosed’ into a value added, vertically integrated...

17 october 2016

Young diamantaires aim to take diamond industry forward

It started out as an informal meeting of diamantaires attending the 37th World Diamond Congress in Dubai last May, but quickly took off. The World Federation of Diamond Bourses' (WFDB) Young Diamantaires group held its inaugural meeting in Hong Kong...

10 october 2016

Dorothée Gizenga: ‘Blood diamonds’ are no longer the real problem

Dorothée Gizenga, head of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), the organization dealing with the traditional diamond mining, in her interview to Rough&Polished told about the challenges facing DDI and the programs it is implementing.

03 october 2016

We estimate gold demand for 2016 to be in the range of 750 to 850 tonnes – Somasundaram, MD, WGC-India

Somasundaram PR joined the World Gold Council in January 2013, as Managing Director, India. Based in Mumbai, Som is responsible for leading the World Gold Council's activities across the Indian gold market. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Som has over...

26 september 2016

Namaqualand Diamond Pits Undergo Major Rehabilitation

07 april 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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