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...

25 october 2021

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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27 september 2021

SA mines record 320 COVID-19 cases

29 may 2020

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Image credit: Petra Diamonds 


South Africa’s mining industry has recorded 320 cases of Covid-19 as the industry prepares to operate at full capacity from June 1, according to media reports citing the Minerals Council.
The council said that mining companies had so far conducted about 5,000 COVID-19 tests and it expects the number of cases to rise. 
“Clearly we are going to see an escalation in those numbers, but we will manage those numbers, do the screenings and keep people in isolation,” Reuters quoted the Minerals Council chief executive Roger Baxter as saying during a virtual panel discussion. 
Mines in South Africa, the world’s biggest producer of platinum and chrome and a leading producer of gold and diamonds, were temporarily closed when a nationwide lockdown commenced late March to control further spreading of the coronavirus. 
The South African government then last month allowed the mining industry to resume operations at 50% capacity.  
Most underground mines were put on care and maintenance during the lockdown announced in March.   
Only coal mines supplying state power utility Eskom were allowed to continue with their operations.  
The Minerals Council previously warned that some mines might not re-open post the COVID-19 lockdown period owing to lack of cash flow.

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