The diamond business is yet bright and has a good future in the coming days

Hitesh Patel, Managing Director of Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt. Ltd., joined the family business in 1997 to help his father Laljibhai Patel, the founder of Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt. Ltd. Egged on by its success, Hitesh set up the overseas presence of...

19 august 2019

The talk around LGDs is all hype

As a teenager, Luca Luterbacher began to design and manufacture single pieces and individual items for wealthy private family friends from Switzerland and Lichtenstein. In 2017, he finally invested in his own luxury trademark "Luterbacher."...

12 august 2019

Correct adjustment of advertising is the major challenge

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05 august 2019

Small-scale diamond mining is the future in Botswana – Leon Daniels

Pangolin Diamonds, which is currently the most active diamond exploration company in Botswana, has called upon authorities in the southern African country to include diamonds into the minerals permit for small scale mining operations. Pangolin chief...

29 july 2019

“There has been a strict policy in Israel against LGDs; have been forbidden on IDE trading floor for years.”: Aviel Elia, Managing Director- IDI

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22 july 2019

Debswana mulls extension of Orapa mine beyond 2050 with Cut 3 project

08 august 2019

debswana_logo.pngDebswana, a 50/50 joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government is considering the extension of Orapa diamond mine beyond 2050, according to local media reports.
The Weekend Post quoted Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa (OLDM) Mines general manager, Bakani Motlhabani as saying that the expansion will be known as the Cut 3 project.
This will involve stripping away waste at the bottom of the mine as well as widening and deepening the pit.
Orapa is currently mining at a depth of 250 m and is expected to reach 450 m by 2026.
Debswana general manager Albert Milton also hinted that studies were underway to assess the feasibility of the Cut 3 project.
The mine is currently relocating an over 500m spread dump on the south side of the pit to the far western side to give way for Cut 3 core extraction boreholes. 
The mine is also developing a residual disposal facility to accommodate Orapa’s remaining Cut 2 ore processing and further take in residues from Cut 3 and beyond. 
Orapa was discovered in 1967 and became fully operational in July 1971.

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