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SA says most local diamonds not suitable for local beneficiation

07 february 2019

South Africa’s State Diamond Trader said a significant amount of diamonds produced in the country are not suitable for local beneficiation. 
Company new chief executive Stanley Mnguni said in their 2017/2018 report seen by Rough & Polished at a mining conference in Cape Town that the South African production had large quantities.
“[These] cannot be profitably beneficiated in the country due to manufacturing costs and this has an impact on the growth of local diamond beneficiation,” he said.
Mnguni said of the 74 clients of the State Diamond Trader 42 were actively trading in the 2017/2018 period.
The State Diamond Trader was eligible to purchase up to 10% of run of mine local diamond production by carats and value.
“Despite such eligibility, the organisation targeted a minimum of 4% during the year under review as a result of the implications of the run of mine qualification,” he said. 
“The consequence of the run of mine qualification is that it leaves the State Diamond Trader with an empowerment to purchase up to 10% of local production from producers whereas the supply has no demand.”
Meanwhile, company chairperson Mervyn Carstens said the board had adopted a new strategic plan targeting improved performance.
This included an increase in the amount, by carats, of rough diamonds sold on primary allocation by 10 percent annually, an increase on local beneficiation of -3gr gem quality and all sizes of near gem quality and industrial diamonds to 10,000 carats per annum by 2022.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, from Cape Town, South Africa, Rough&Polished