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This year, ALROSA’s geologists will continue to search for new diamond deposits in Africa

The Department for Evaluation of New Areas at the Research and Exploration Company affiliated to ALROSA is based in St. Petersburg and deals with the forecasting and prospecting of diamond deposits in the North-East European Platform and in promising...

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End of an era as Shmuel Schnitzer's fourth term ends

A month or so after stepping down from the presidency of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) for the second time – making a total of eight years at the helm of one of the world's biggest bourses – Shmuel Schnitzer is able to provide valuable insights both...

01 february 2016

Amin Luxury: Style and Innovation

The theme of innovation has been a central one in the diamond industry. While everyone seems to agree with the fact that innovation is crucial for the business, few companies have come through with revolutionary ideas. Among them is Amin Luxury, a company...

25 january 2016

We will definitely need time to fix damages and rebuild foundations

Andre Messika was already an established diamantaire in Paris, known as a topnotch distributor of polished diamonds, when he migrated to Israel in 2003. In Israel, he opened the company’s - Andre Messika Diamonds Ltd - main office in The Israel Diamond...

18 january 2016

‘Brokers, dealers involved in Tanzania illegal mining, smuggling of gemstones, not small-scale miners’

Before Richland Resources exited Tanzania to focus on tsavorite mining in Australia, it constantly bemoaned the unabated illegal tanzanite mining that seriously disrupted operations on its Block C at Merelani. Although a joint venture agreement with...

11 january 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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