Work hard and you will find success

Eduard Utkin, Director General of the “Jewellers’ Guild of Russia” Association, expert of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Committee on Precious Metals and Precious Stones, told R&P about implementing the SIIS PMPS (State Integrated Information...


GOLDNET.MARKET - “We want and are working to provide business with the opportunity to develop a lot of activity areas”

Today, almost all jewellery companies have their own wholesale websites, online stores, and social media pages. But a year ago, GOLDNET.MARKET, the first jewellery wholesale marketplace appeared in Russia, a new effective tool for the jewellery market...

20 september 2021

Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

13 september 2021

Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

Violence erupts in ‘diamond capital’ Kimberley

12 november 2019
kimberley_logo.pngAn ambitious project launched 18 months ago by Ekapa Minerals and then partner, Petra Diamonds to end illegal diamond mining in “diamond capital” Kimberley, in South Africa has been blighted by violence.
They formed 836 informal miners into the Batho Pele mining cooperative and gave them a licence to mine around 1,500 acres of diamond-rich waste fields.
Reuters quoted Ekapa Minerals as saying that informal miners known as zama-zamas (Zulu for keep trying) that were not included in the scheme are now attacking infrastructure and even members of the Batho Pele cooperative.
A police spokesman said 22 criminal incidents linked to illegal mining across Ekapa’s property and the area mined by small-scale miners were reported between March and October this year, including an attempted murder and three serious assaults.
 “The problem that we are encountering now is from the other zama-zamas. They want to enter this thing with force,” Batho Pele member Victor Taku was quoted as saying.
“They come here with weapons, others come here with firearms, others come here with a spade.”
Ekapa estimates that about R6 million ($400,300) worth of diamonds were being taken by illegal miners each month. 

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