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24.11.2014
Zim mines minister speaks on the streamlining of operations in Marange
walter_chidhakwa_preview.jpgZimbabwe said recently that it had started merging diamond mining firms in Marange to streamline their operations and ensure accountability of proceeds. Rough&Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa caught up with the country’s Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa on the sidelines of a diamond conference held early this month in Harare and asked him about the latest on this development. Chidhakwa revealed that Harare would set up a company called Zimbabwe Diamond Mining Company that would house Marange Resources, as a strategic business unit. He also noted that government was still negotiating with other mining companies currently operating in Marange over the rationalisation of their operations.

17.11.2014
“Fancy colours remain a niche category for which awareness and demand is yet to be strongly created”, says Suraj Shantakumar
suraj_shantakumar_preview.jpgSuraj Shantakumar is the Director, Business Strategy, of Kirtilal Kalidas Jewellers Pvt Ltd and a key shareholder and director of various family businesses. He graduated in Business Management (Finance) from the California Polytechnic State University. This versatile 27 year old is involved in the management of the family’s many businesses starting with Kirtilal Kalidas Jewellers Pvt Ltd, Vispark Jewellery Manufacturers Pvt Ltd, Suraj Agro Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and Benchmark Softec India Pvt Ltd. Bringing ideas that are fresh and out of the box, Suraj Shantakumar has a strong desire to constantly incorporate the best from across the globe into the operations he is overseeing.

10.11.2014
Pyotr Fyodorov: "The entire world is familiar with Yakut diamonds"
pyotr_fyodorov_preview.jpgEPL Diamond, Yakutia’s diamond manufacturing flagship, has reached its 20th anniversary. It is largely due to this company the notion of "Yakut diamonds" (as it happened before to the Russian Cut) traveled around the world turning into a brand. Pyotr Fyodorov, the founder and CEO of EPL Diamond, answered the questions from Rough&Polished telling about the factors behind this success story and about the company’s further goals.





Petra to produce 1.5m ct per year at newly-acquired Finsch Diamond mine

10.02.2011

Petra Diamonds, which recently acquired Finsch Diamond mine from De Beers, said it will produce 1.5 million carats annually.
Company chief executive Johan Dippenaar told the ongoing Mining Indaba in Cape Town that this was lower than the 2 million carats De Beers produced annually over the last five years.
He, however, said Petra would build production back towards 2 million carats over time, reaching 1.9m carats by 2019.
"It’s not a well known fact but Finsch has produced a number of large, special diamonds over its history and the recovery of significant large, high- value stones can substantially increase the total value of production in any one year,” he told delegates.
Dippenaar said on average, 27 diamonds larger than 50 carats had been recovered annually over the past four years at Finsch.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished, from Cape Town, South Africa

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