African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

Rough & Polished recently contacted several diamond producers and exploration companies with operations in Africa to establish how their operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what they are doing to alleviate the impact. We also sought...

01 june 2020

“Get Diamonds” platform will soon be available in Russian, Hindi, Arabic and any other languages as per demand from any countries

A first-generation diamantaire Yoram Dvash, currently serving as the Acting President at World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), launched his diamond manufacturing and trading...

25 may 2020

Sustainability is the only way forward - Rahul Jauhari

Rahul Jauhari, Sr Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Star Rays, has forged ahead professionally for more than 14 years garnering experience in Business Development, Luxury Lifestyle Consultancy, Market Analysis, Global Fashion / Luxury trend...

18 may 2020

Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

Diamond giant, De Beers has said that it is essential to keep global supply chains functioning in view of the substantial impact of Covid-19 on the industry. Group spokesperson David Johnson told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview...

11 may 2020

Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

Diamond production in Gabon, which has been a member of the Kimberley Diamond Certification Process since 2018, is currently dominated by artisanal miners. The artisanal miners are producing about 300 carats per month, according to Gabon’s director of...

05 may 2020

ZCDC senior officials arrested – report

15 may 2019

zcdc_logo.pngZimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) chief executive Morris Bekezela Mpofu and finance director Charles Gambe have been arrested by police, according to the local media.
Bulawayo24 quoted police spokesperson assistant commissioner Paul Nyathi as saying Mpofu was picked up for questioning, although he didn’t provide any further details.
He said Gambe was arrested for criminal abuse of office after he allegedly bought 1 200 bags of cement for personal use using the company's account.
The finance director was expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

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