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

Botswana Diamonds completes nine-hole drilling on Thorny River

22 september 2021
Botswana Diamonds has completed its nine-hole drilling programme on the Thorny River property in South Africa.
It said the objective of the hole drilling was to see if two kimberlite blows were one contiguous orebody, thus increasing the overall resource and improving the commercial prospects of the project.
The diamond explorer said one hole intersected 19.1 metres of kimberlite zone, which is the biggest thickness found in all three drilling programmes to date. 
Another hole intersected a thickness of 13.5m of kimberlite zone.
Botswana Diamonds said these two intersections came from extending the River Blow toward the Extension Blow. 
The average kimberlite zone intersection was between 1.5 and 5 metres.
“This is an excellent set of results,” said company chairperson John Teeling.
“The two blows are, as we hoped, connected - thus increasing the resource. The two thickest intersections close to the River Blow are particularly exciting. Given these results, we are now examining commercial mine alternatives.”
Botswana Diamonds said work has now begun to create a model of the combined blows to estimate the potential resource with plans for a possible open cast mining.
Two new additional targets have been identified close to the current area.
These could also be blows and will be drilled, it said.

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