Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

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Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

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06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

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23 august 2021

De Beers’ GemFair ropes in more than 160 Sierra Leone artisanal miners

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Botswana state-owned minerals firm takes shape, new CEO appointed

11 march 2016
Botswana’s state-owned Minerals Development Company Botswana (MDCB), which was set up last August, is now taking shape following the appointment of a chief executive.
MDCB was set up to help government manage all its assets in the mines such as those in Debswana and BCL.
Mmegi newspaper quoted MDCB board member, Mmetla Masire as saying that the new chief executive Paul Smith, started work last month and his immediate task was to transfer the assets of Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) and BCL to the state minerals company.
 “What has been happening is that the sourcing of the CEO took place in February and his first task is to continue the asset transfer, which we had already started,” he said.
 “We have engaged consultants to see how best to deliver the shares because there are cost implications. The first asset is Morupule Coal Mine and BCL. At BCL, his task is also to optimise operations.”
He also said that the transfer of the remaining assets namely; Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB), Debswana Diamond Company and Botswana Ash would follow after the completion of the transfer of the first batch of assets.

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