Our main role is to inspire consumers to consider diamonds - Jean-Marc Lieberherr

With over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions across many geographies, functions and businesses, Jean-Marc Lieberherr has more than 10 years’ experience as a diamond industry leader, which includes as a Board member of the World...


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

Jwaneng Mine Cut 9 project to create thousands of Jobs – Botswana President

21 november 2019

The Jwaneng Mine’s Cut 9 project, which seeks to extend the life of the mine from 2028 to 2035, is expected to create thousands of jobs for locals.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi said during the State-of-the-Nation address that the project, which commenced in April 2019, would employ 1 153 people at peak of production of which 98% will be Batswana.
"The Jwaneng Cut 9 project will bring about benefits including the establishment of a Mining Equipment Component Rebuild Centre in Botswana,” he said.
“The Debswana Mining Company is also planning to reopen the Apprentice and Artisan Training Centre." 
Jwaneng mine currently employs 4 756 people of which 4 671 were citizens.
Meanwhile, Masisi said Debswana was conducting a feasibility study at the Letlhakane mine to evaluate options of going underground.
He said Lucara Botswana is also conducting a feasibility study at the Karowe mine with a strategic plan to go underground in 2023 to increase the lifespan of the mine to 2041.

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