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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

The 37th World Diamond Congress in Dubai - "Finally, a chance for the entire diamond trade to speak with one voice"

The World Diamond Congress is the most important forum of the global diamond industry, which, in the words of Ernie Blom, President of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), gives its participants an opportunity to express their views on the...

16 may 2016

Moscow, Kremlin, Ilgiz F. and his jewels

The Kremlin Assumption Belfry housed an exhibition of Russian jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, "Jewels Inspired by Nature." Visitors still cherish the memory of other jewelry exhibitions held in the Kremlin earlier, like "Diamond in Russian Avant-Garde", Faberge...

10 may 2016

All industry members should operate their businesses prudently

Venus Jewel calls themselves ‘Leaders in Solitaires’ and rightly so, given that they are one of the leading Indian companies dealing in solitaires. Rajesh Shah, Partner at Venus Jewel, takes great pride in the fact that the company has 20 years of leadership...

04 may 2016

Lesotho’s proposed ownership law to affect diamond firms

02 august 2012

Lesotho is set to introduce a new law that will limit foreign mining firms’ ownership in local mines to 49 percent, while the remaining 51 percent will be reserved for natives (government included).
Diamond companies to be affected by this proposed law included Gem Diamonds, which owns 70 percent of the Letseng mine, and Namakwa Diamonds, which owns the majority of the Kao mine.
Gem’s flagship Letseng diamond mine had produced 57,116 carats during the first six months of the year ended June 2012.
It said the mine also achieved an average value of $2‚133 per carat during the first half of the year compared with $3‚052 realised a year earlier.
Namakwa on the other hand realised revenues of about $4.2 million from its third sale of Kao rough diamonds in Antwerp, with achieved prices 3.4 percent higher than initial management estimates.
However, with all the positive news coming from the diamond miners in Lesotho, the country’s new Prime Minister Tom Thabane said the gems were not being mined successfully in a manner that benefits the country, hence the move to review the ownership structure.
"We also have lots of diamonds, but are not doing so well," he said.
Thabane said that the proposed law would not affect the non-mining sector as was the case in Zimbabwe under its controversial indigenisation law.
“The localisation issues mentioned are in the mining sector — other sectors are not affected,” he was quoted by Businessday as saying.
"But it is still a debate. At the moment we do not think we will follow the status quo.”

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished

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