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Lucara eyes future expansion as it boasts of strong cash position

With a net cash position of $144.3 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, Lucara Diamond, which operates the Karowe Mine in Botswana, says it intends to invest the cash and increase the size of the company either through a merger, acquisitions...

20 june 2016

Ban on rough tanzanite export chocking outside industries

Tanzania said that its ban of rough tanzanite over 5 carats has helped frustrate foreign companies that were relying on supplies from the country. The country’s acting commissioner for minerals Ally Samaje told Rough & Polished on the sidelines of...

14 june 2016

‘Diamond prices have remarkable ability to recover considerably faster after a crisis than other product categories,’ observes Etan Müller, CEO DFI

Etan M. Müller, CEO and Partner- DFI, has more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry. Before setting up DFI Switzerland AG, Etan Müller worked for 12 years in the private banking sector as a senior investment advisor for Ultra High Net...

06 june 2016

World Diamond Congress debates reflected widespread challenges, says WFDB President Ernie Blom

The 37th World Diamond Congress in Dubai carried to completion on May 19, 2016 zoomed in on the most challenging issues facing the global diamond industry with a special focus on transparency, responsibility and sustainability. The World Federation of...

30 may 2016

Nurit Rothmann: Gradually Breaking Down Industry Barriers

Diamantaire Nurit Rothmann has been working in the diamond industry for the past two decades. Starting out in polished goods, but in the past 15 years working in rough goods, she is optimistic about the future, saying the global diamond industry has...

23 may 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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