Demand will pick up once the season starts

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07 october 2019

Botswana Diamonds eyes expansion of Thorny River to include Marsfontein – Campbell

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Diamond knife and tender system: The tight-fisted paying twice?

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Didier Giard: Stiff competition among the diamantaires is one of the factors of the price war

On September 9, 2019, the French Association of Gemmology (l’Association Française de Gemmologie, AFG) held its regular Paris Gemmological Rendez-Vous. Its organizer, Didier Giar, the head of the AFG kindly agreed to answer questions from Rough&Polished...

16 september 2019

De Beers, UN train women micro-entrepreneurs in southern Africa

02 october 2019

de_beers_logo.pngDe Beers has teamed up with the United Nations (UN) to train more than 700 women micro-entrepreneurs in Namibia and South Africa.
The Accelerating Women Owned Micro-Enterprises (AWOME) programme was also recently launched in Botswana.
Targeting regions with high levels of unemployment where job opportunities are limited, the aim of the AWOME programme is to create a sustainable support network by building the capacity of locally-based trainers to understand the specific challenges faced by women micro-entrepreneurs in these regions and build peer support networks, said De Beers.
The programme has so far supported a range of micro-entrepreneurs from mechanics, children’s entertainers, farmers, hairdressers and tailors. 
"It is proven that supporting women and girls to advance their skills and grow their influence in the commercial sector maximises the opportunities for societal development, as women reinvest more of their income back into their communities,” said De Beers chief executive Bruce Cleaver. “The changes we see in individuals as a result of the AWOME programme are amazing in their own right, but the changes in the wider society.” 
De Beers’ partnership with UN Women has also seen the company set a goal of achieving gender parity in its appointment rate at senior levels. 
The appointment rate of women into senior roles has increased to 38% from 22% at the start of the partnership.

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