Training in diamond valuation is key for artisanal miners

Ian Rowe, the Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) was appointed in September 2019, having joined DDI as Deputy Executive Director a year earlier. Ian managed field operations in Sierra Leone within this role and led...

02 december 2019

Kangalassi 2.0: Raising the living standards, creating new jobs

At the V Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in early September in Vladivostok, the Yakut company SAYBM signed a tripartite agreement with two agencies - the Far Eastern agency and the regional one - for attracting investments and providing export...

25 november 2019

We live in a new dimension of environmental responsibility carried by business

In mid-October, Moscow hosted the VIII Ecological Forum attended by representatives from the State, large industrial companies, scientific and public organizations. The forum delegates discussed the issues related to finding a balance between the socio-economic...

18 november 2019

De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

GemFair, a pilot project developed by De Beers to create a secure and transparent route to market ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds, is already delivering “important positive impacts” in Sierra Leone. Group head...

11 november 2019

Belgian-quality diamond boiling in Dubai from TRIGEM

Born in New York, David Zabinsky is CEO & Co-Founder of TRIGEM, an independent diamond service provider in Dubai. Before TRIGEM, David was Manager at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone, where he was responsible for securing North and South American investment...

05 november 2019

Angola mulls public tender for two diamond concessions

06 august 2019

The Angolan government is set to conduct a public tender for two diamond concessions in the Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul Provinces, according to media reports.
Macauhub quoted minister Diamantino de Azevedo as saying that public tenders will also be conducted for iron and phosphate concessions.
The iron concession was in Kwanza Norte, while two phosphate concessions were the provinces of Cabinda and Zaire.
Meanwhile, Azevedo said negotiations were continuing with De Beers for diamond prospecting in the country.
De Beers’ prospecting licences for the Mulepe-1 kimberlite cluster expired in 2012.
Extensive exploration programme done on the Lunda NE concession from 2005 to 2012 resulted in the discovery of 118 kimberlite pipes.
Of these, 75 were tested for diamond grade, leading to the resource evaluation and conceptual study of the Mulepe-1 deposit, which concluded that a stand-alone deposit was not economic.

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