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

Eduard Utkin, Director General of the “Jewellers’ Guild of Russia” Association, expert of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Committee on Precious Metals and Precious Stones, told R&P about implementing the SIIS PMPS (State Integrated Information...

27 september 2021

SA diamond producers welcome ruling on Mining Charter

27 september 2021
The South African Diamond Producers Organisation (SADPO) has supported a High Court ruling that the country’s Mining Charter is an instrument of policy, not binding legislation.
Mining Weekly quoted SADPO chairperson Gert van Niekerk as saying that the judgement brings legislative certainty and will kindle the much needed foreign and local investment into the mining industry at large.
He said the ruling set aside provisions in the 2018 Charter related to the targets set out for licence holders under the Diamond Act and the Precious Metal Act.
“While SADPO remains committed in its support to the transformation process, we remain adamant that our side of the industry – small and junior diamond mining – will have to look at achieving this in a different way,” he said.
“[The judgement] clearly indicates that Mineral Resources and Energy Minister [Gwede Mantashe] is of the opinion that the transformational process has not been successful and therefore the need for the Charter to be seen as subordinate legislation to rectify the situation.”
Van Niekerk said it is impossible for small diamond businesses that are traditionally owner-operator type of businesses to be sustainable when they are forced to get a partner.
“If you then must start sharing with a partner it becomes impossible to stay financially viable, and hence the decreased numbers.”
South Africa’s small and junior diamond mining operations dropped from 2000in 2004 to 220 in March 2020, according to a report written by Nelson Mandela University geology graduate Sinazo Dlakavu published in August by the Africa Earth Observatory Institute.
The decline was linked to the introduction of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA).

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