Young Diamantaires: We create initiatives for the benefit of diamond communities worldwide

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses recently launched its Young Diamantaires website. The organization has worked for the past four years with young members of the diamond community all over the world to create a platform through which they can express...

29 june 2020

Those who implement the right anti-crisis strategies have more chances

It is not surprising that because of the pandemic and the crisis, the most heated debate in the jewellery industry is about what is happening and the possible ways of survival. Irina Slesareva, an expert, art director of the Russian Diamond Line contest...

22 june 2020

The secondary diamond market in Russia is not mature although its prospects are huge

Pavel Barannik, the founder and head of the Moscow Gemological Laboratory, the founder of the Gemological Institute and President of the Moscow Diamond Club, graduated from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He is an expert and consultant...

15 june 2020

Johan Erikson: The industry needs to spend more on advertising and marketing

First Element is a fully independent Diamond Services Company registered in Belgium, Botswana, South Africa and Dubai. First Element is committed to providing a world class diamond service aimed at adding value to the entire supply chain, from the daily...

08 june 2020

African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

Rough & Polished recently contacted several diamond producers and exploration companies with operations in Africa to establish how their operations were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what they are doing to alleviate the impact. We also sought...

01 june 2020

Lucapa extends closing date for rights issue as volatile market conditions persist

18 march 2020

Lucapa Diamond has extended the closing date for its rights issue from March 20 to March 30 due to the ongoing volatile market conditions. 
The company undertook a non-renounceable pro-rata rights issue early this month to eligible shareholders on the basis of 1 new share for every 14 shares held at an issue price of $0.11 per share to raise up to $2.8 million. 

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Image credit: Lucapa Diamond

 
Lucapa intends to use funds raised from the Rights Issue to advance the Lulo kimberlite exploration programme, in Angola and for general working capital and corporate purposes.
The kimberlite exploration programme aims to discover the hard-rock primary source or sources of the high-value alluvial diamonds that Lucapa and its partners have been mining in the Cacuilo River valley for the past five years. 
Lucapa previously funded the kimberlite exploration programme from its share of distributions and loan repayments from Lulo alluvial mining company, Sociedade Mineira Do Lulo.
SML has self-funded a $12 million expansion of the alluvial mining operations in 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, reducing its available free cash to also declare dividends during this period.

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