Feb 11, 2010
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From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Our top stories this week: diamond giant De Beers opens the Diamond Route in South Africa; the first black jeweller from the South African jewellery development projects opens his own retail shop;
A distinctly South African journey - the Diamond Route, which highlights the country's natural beauty, history, cultural diversity and conservation - is now open. Mining Weekly takes a look.
De Beers Chaiperson Nicky Oppenheimer:
And we were lucky too, in the diamond business, that when you found a diamond mine, you generally secured a whole number of other claims because there was quite often alluvial outflows from the kimberlitic pipes, and it was to protect those sorts of things that De Beers acquired landholdings, and quickly started looking after those landholdings, knowing that it was going to have to do that for future generations.
The Oppenheimer properties and the De Beers properties should be joined together in a diamond route, and live up to diamonds.
Christy van der Merwe:
We would like to see the diamond route extend to outside the borders of South Africa, and I think that people whose lives are touched by diamonds - we would hope to touch their lives in the same way, by getting them in touch with the environment, and in my dreams I would like to see that same love that goes with the giving and the receiving of a diamond, being experienced on the environmental level. So that when you receive that diamond, its not only the diamond, its not only the love, it also an appreciation of the earth, and the conservation, and where this diamond came from, and what it symbolises. In a very real way.
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NQ Jewellery founder Nqobile Nkosi
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Elcad master trainer Dr Andreas Asperl
Elcad master trainer Dr Guenter Maresch
Bentley Empowered Careers Network Europe, Middle East and Africa director Zeljko Djuretic.
Infundo Consulting director Charmaine Smith
Shannon de Ryhove:
In our cover story, we ask whether there will be capacity for new property power connections as the recession abates.
The South African wine industry has introduced new lightweight bottles aimed at reducing the industry's impact on the environment.
And, Truck assembler Nissan Diesel South Africa - to be known as UD Trucks Southern Africa from September - forms an alliance with Wesbank to facilitate financing for its customers.
And in Mining Weekly this week:
Our cover story reports that Great Basin Gold is breathing new life into South Africa's underexploited South Rand goldfield.
Read that production at Namibia's Rossing South uranium project is scheduled to begin in late 2013.
And, Gold Fields has been instructed to cut the company's electricity consumption by another 50 MW.
Shannon de Ryhove:
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