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

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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