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25.08.2014
Botswana Diamonds salutes JV partner Alrosa as ‘top’ targets drilling commences Sept
Botswana Diamonds said its Sunland joint venture with the Russian diamond giant, Alrosa is proving to be fruitful. Company chairperson John Teeling told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that their strategy in Orapa, Botswana would have been different had they not partnered with the Russians. He also said that apart from its partnership with Alrosa, Botswana Diamonds believed that it was operating in the right area. Teeling noted that they had “excellent” indications that there are undiscovered kimberlites in Orapa.

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sians_mussa_preview.jpgSians Mussa is President of the Italian Diamond Bourse. He began his career as diamond dealer in 1969. The Sians family has been active in the Diamond industry for 3 generations and has offices in Milan, Rome, Valenza, Tel Aviv and New York. President Sians currently works in his Italian office together with his two sons, David and Doni. President Sians discussed with Rough&Polished the role of diamond bourses, what diamond represents in modern society, and the status of the Italian jewellery industry.

11.08.2014
What kind of impact may possible sanctions from U.S. and E.U. produce on jewelry community?
The diamond and jewelry industries have repeatedly been through various ordeals. So, should the Russian jewelers be fearful for their business in the light of recent events? And will the Russian diamond industry turn to be a winner in some way in case of sanctions on the part of Europe or America? Rough&Polished addressed these questions to the heads of diamond industry companies.





Majwe gets Debswana Cut 8 mining service contract

25.04.2011

Majwe Mining, a joint venture between Basil Read Mining, Leighton International and Bothakga Burrow Botswana has secured a five-year mining services contract at the Debswana Diamond Mine, in Botswana.
Bulk quoted Basil Read, a South African construction company as saying that the mining contract won was for the Cut 8 Phase 2 services at Debswana.
It said this would include mine scheduling, drill and blast, truck and shovel waste removal as well as limited ore mining.
The JV would move 156 million cubic metres of material over the full term of the contract, which was set to commence in June this year, it said.
Debswana had mining operations at Jwaneng, Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Rough&Polished, from Namibia

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