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Namibia diamond mining to grow 11 pct this year before 2019 slowdown

12 july 2018
Bank of Namibia said the country’s diamond mining is expected to maintain a high growth level this year before contracting in 2019 due to depletion of onshore diamond deposits.
The industry was projected to grow by 10.9 percent this year compared with 12 percent slowdown in 2017 and contract by 5.3 percent next year, it said in a report.
“In this regard, the Elizabeth Bay mine near Lüderitz is expected to close down because it has not generated any profits in recent years,” the central bank said.
“DebMarine Namibia is expected to increase output significantly in the medium term, keeping the growth outlook for diamond mining positive from 2021 going forward.”
Reuters reported last January that Namdeb, a joint venture between Namibia’s government and De Beers, was set to retrench about 130 of its 1,700-strong workforce on a voluntary basis.
Namdeb was set to close four mines by 2022.
Elizabeth Bay Mine would be shut down at the end of 2018, while Daberas would be closed at the end of 2019, Sendelingsdrift in 2020 and the main one, Southern Coastal, in 2022.
Namdeb Holdings lifted its production by 12 percent to 500,000 carats in the first quarter of 2018 as a result of accessing consistently higher grades at the land based operations.
It also produced 1,805 million carats in 2017.

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