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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...

Yesterday

Diamonds performing ‘a little bit better’ than most commodities – Deloitte analyst

Liquidity crunch and a sluggish Chinese economic growth, inter-alia, dampened the appetite for rough diamonds last year. Mining analyst and partner at Deloitte Tony Zoghby told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa that despite the depression, diamonds...

25 april 2016

“If consumers lose confidence in diamonds, both the products, natural and synthetic, will be badly hit,” warns Sanjay Kothari, Spokesperson NDMC

For a sector, which grew from just a cottage industry to one of the largest diamond manufacturing industry in the world, India’s diamond industry was, till not long ago, looked at globally with awe as an industry which operated purely on trust. Today...

18 april 2016

Valery Budny: "I really believe in Russian entrepreneurs"

Being a media holding in the field of jewelry and watch industry and trade, RESTEC JUNWEX combines such activities as holding exhibitions and conferences, publishing magazines, operating Internet resources and providing consulting services. It runs Russia’s...

11 april 2016

Ghanaian firm seeks to resuscitate Akwatia diamond mine

Great Consolidated Diamonds (GCD), formerly known as Ghana Consolidated Diamonds, is the West African country’s only commercial diamond company. It owns the Akwatia diamond mine, which produced more than 100-million carats of diamonds since the inception...

04 april 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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