“We are building a new state-of-the-art tender facility,” says Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC

Ahmed Bin Sulayem certainly needs no introduction being widely popular globally as one of the leaders of modern Dubai. As the Executive Chairman of DMCC, Ahmed Bin Sulayem has played and continues to play a key role in establishing and positioning DMCC...

20 may 2019

De Beers scaling up Tracr ahead of formal launch

De Beers tracked 100 high-value diamonds along the value chain during the pilot of Tracr™, its industry blockchain platform, for the first time in May last year. A De Beers spokesperson Bianca Ruakere told Rough & Polished in an exclusive interview that...

13 may 2019

The perfect couple - platinum and diamonds

The Jewelry House of Leon Megé located in New York has long been firmly established in the jewelry market as a source of magnificent jewelry, in which platinum and diamonds often sparkle being married together and attracting everyone’s eyes, but are...

06 may 2019

The technology of growing single-crystal diamonds has now become industrial in nature

It is believed that the reserves of natural diamonds will be exhausted by the middle of the century, and therefore production of synthetic diamonds is rapidly gaining relevance. According to Business Insider India’s estimates, the global synthetic diamond...

29 april 2019

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

Namdeb Holdings, a 50/50 joint venture between the Namibian government and De Beers is not selling Daberas, Sendelingsdrift and Southern Coastal mines in the southern African country. It had been alleged that Namdeb was planning to close and offload...

22 april 2019

BK16 most prospective of kimberlites being evaluated in Orapa - Tsodilo

07 march 2019

Tsodilo Resources said its BK16 kimberlite project is the most prospective of the kimberlites currently being evaluated in the Orapa kimberlite field, in Orapa, Botswana.
It said in a corporate presentation that the project was already showing similarities to Lucara Diamond’s Karowe diamond mine, Petra Diamonds’ Koffiefontein mine and Lucapa Diamond’s Mothae mine.
The project, it said, was set to produce large high quality diamonds.
BK16 was currently in a sampling and testwork phase, with a 15,000 t to 25 ,000 t bulk sampling programme scheduled either as a new surface dug sample or an extension of tunnels away from dilution zones, to get a better indication of the real grades.
Tsodilo would also conduct a feasibility study that includes full engineering studies and the definition of mining parameters.
It said the next phase of sampling would need to sample away from historical tunnels within the dilution zones.
The kimberlite was discovered by De Beers in the 1960s.

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