Part 2: KPCSC wants Russia to help end impasse on new definition of conflict diamonds

In the first installment of this two-part exclusive interview with Shamiso Mtisi, the coordinator of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), we focused on illegal diamond mining in the continent and where the contraband ends up...

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Part 1: KPCSC gives insight into illegal diamond mining, trading in Africa

Although the diamond watchdog Kimberley Process (KP) prides itself for significantly reducing the flow of conflict goods since its establishment in 2003, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) alleged that illegal diamond...

18 october 2021

The jewelry industry in Russia needs to be upgraded in a serious way

Dina Nasyrova is a vice-president of the International Jewelry Exhibition-Congress J-1 recently hosted by the Atrium of Gostiny Dvor in Moscow. As a partner and the Muse of the famous jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, she actively participated in the preparation...

11 october 2021

Smiling Rocks, a philanthropic business model, inspires companies to work for betterment of the world

Zulu Ghevriya, the CEO and Co-Founder of Smiling Rocks, Founder of Vedantti Jewellery and Managing Director of Prism Group has been in the diamond and jewellery industry for over 20 years. Zulu started his business, Prism Group, as a natural diamond...

04 october 2021

Work hard and you will find success

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Namibia diamond trading company donates N$2m to fight Covid-19

09 april 2020

Namibia’s state-owned diamond trading, Namibia Desert Diamonds (Namdia) has allocated N$2 million ($109 000) to support the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Namdia chief executive Kennedy Hamutenya said in a statement that hat N$1 million of the donated funds will go to the government’s National Disaster Fund. 

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The balance will be distributed to the Public Enterprises CEO’s Forum, City of Windhoek, fuel supply for ambulance services; water provision to the vulnerable communities, sanitiser bottles to a Windhoek clinic and food parcels to vulnerable communities. 
“Namdia remains a stalwart in advocating nation-building and pledges to uphold its belief in the collective power of solidarity,” he said.
“Since its inception, Namdia has prioritised its contribution to the country through various philanthropic and charity initiatives. Namdia is honoured and humbled in once again being able to support our nation, particularly in challenging times such as these.”
Namibia has so far recorded 16 cases of Covid-19 and three people have already recovered.

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