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De Beers only selling Elizabeth Bay Mine in Namibia, move to sustain operations beyond 2019

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Botswana diamond output dips 33.4pc in Q3 2015

15 april 2016
Botswana’s diamond mining production weakened 33.4 percent during the third quarter of 2015 due to closure of mines, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Debswana, a joint venture been De Beers and the Botswana government, reduced production level at Orapa Plant 1 and also closed the Damtshaa mine.
African News Agency reports, without giving production figures, that apart from diamonds, other significant declines were in copper-nickel and cobalt output.
Acting government statistician Burton Mguni was quoted as saying that the slump had a minimal effect on the country’s position on the global mining index, which remained “healthy” at 66 percent.
“Even though these three minerals had huge decreases when compared to that of diamond production, their impact on the year-on-year percentage change of the overall index is minimal as a result of their weight contribution to the overall index weight,” he said.

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