Botswana mining industry players speak on speculative exploration licences

Speculative mineral exploration licences was a recurring theme from presentations made by three players in Botswana mining industry at a conference convened in Gaborone. The country has issued thousands of exploration licences, across the mining industry...


Design is the key to all markets

Besides being an astute businessman, Mumbai-born Laksh Pahuja is a designer par excellence known globally for his awe-inspiring unusual jewellery pieces. Trained at the Gemological Institute of India and Harrow College of Art England, Laksh combines...

10 june 2019

Mutual mass destruction will not serve anybody’s purposes

The recent moves by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including its letters urging some companies to abide to the revised edition of FTC Jewelry Guides and the explanations from FTC attorney Robert Frisby posted on the FTC website were...

03 june 2019

Pavel Sokolov: Every stone has its beauty

THE ‘GEMSTONES BY SOKOLOV’ brand has been popular for over 25 years. The aim of this company is to supply any kind of gem studs to the Russian market including the unique ones except diamonds of any cut. The product range by the SOKOLOV Company is very...

27 may 2019

“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

ZCDC gets greenlight to lead establishment of special economic zone

11 april 2019

zcdc_logo.pngState-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) has been granted permission by government to lead the establishment of a special economic zone (SEZ) in Mutare for the diamond and jewellery industry, according to a news report.
New Zimbabwe reports the mining company would construct a gemmology centre for training people in diamond cutting and polishing.
The centre would also be home for jewellery and black smith manufacturing houses as well as other administrative support services.
The SEZs were being established to restore the economy’s capacity to produce goods and services competitively.
Companies that operate in SEZs enjoy low tariffs in terms of taxation, electricity and water bills among other things.
ZCDC recently called for expression of interest for the design, procurement, construction, commissioning and handover of a diamond value management centre (DVMC). 
The company was currently mining diamonds in Marange.
It was also carrying out exploration projects in Chimanimani, Chihota, Mwenezi, Nyika and Triangle.

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