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Govt, industry collaboration needed to create thriving diamond industry – Ernie Blom

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernie Blom has called on Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, through an open letter, to put into practice what government has said regarding the development of the South African mining industry, in general, and to help “pave the road to... 

Brimstone second-guesses Clover deal following BDS outcry

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 JSE-listed Brimstone Investment Corporation is reviewing its participation in the proposed buyout of Clover Industries, following an outcry by human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa. Clover and Brimstone separately reported on Monday that Milco SA – a new company... 

Ethiopia finalising mining industry reforms – minister

By: Reuters     6th February 2019 Ethiopia will finalise reforms for its underdeveloped mining and oil sectors within the next two months as it seeks to encourage more foreign investors, its mines and petroleum minister said on Tuesday. The country has already cut taxes for mining companies in recent years but the government... 

Palladium theft rampant – FT 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2019 Palladium, used in catalytic converters that reduce harmful petrol vehicle emissions, is catalysing a crime wave in the UK, says the Financial Times (FT) of London. “Thieves are stealing catalytic converters – often in broad daylight – and selling the devices to illegal scrap dealers for cash,”... 

New vehicle technology uses cobalt 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2019 A promising new vehicle technology, which uses a cobalt-based catalyst, mirrors the world’s current ‘well-to-wheel’ refuelling ecosystem in being designed to allow motorists to call at conventional petrol stations to fill up with the liquid fuel from which hydrogen is extracted and then converted... 

Harmony, Gold Fields selected for global Bloomberg Gender Equality Index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Gold miners Harmony Gold and Gold Fields have been selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index that distinguishes companies that are committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality. The two companies are among 230 selected globally for inclusion in the index. 

Talks under way to build new gas pipeline to Egypt, Israel says

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 Talks are in progress to build a new underwater gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt, part of efforts to transform the eastern Mediterranean into an energy export hub on Europe’s doorstep, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said. Israeli gas stocks rose. Construction could begin as early as... 

ALROSA to present more than 100 special size rough diamonds in Israel

2nd November 2018 ALROSA, the world's largest diamond mining company, will hold an auction for the sale of special size rough diamonds (over 10.8 carats) and polished diamonds of own manufacture. The auction will take place in one of the world's largest diamond trade centers - Ramat Gan (Israel), on November 4-22.... 

Will Cars Eventually Run on Water?

29th October 2018 Electriq~Global launches water-based fuel to power electric vehicles An Australian-Israeli startup has found a way to use water in order to power electric vehicles  

ALROSA starts large rough diamond auction in Vladivostok

19th October 2018 ALROSA, the world's largest diamond mining company, is starting the forth auction this year for the sale of special size rough diamonds (over 10.8 carats) in Vladivostok. The auction will start on October 22, and the results will be announced on November 2.   The company is putting for sale 166... 

Alrosa’s Hong Kong large diamond sale yields $10.7m

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd October 2018 Russia's Alrosa has sold 136 gem-quality diamonds, with a total weight of 2 234 ct, for $10.7-million at an auction in Hong Kong. The sale included 25 fancy yellow diamonds, weighing 440 ct. 

Alrosa reports stable international demand for large diamonds

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa has netted $15.6-million from the sale of special large diamonds at an international auction in Israel. A total of 2 611 ct of diamonds, all weighing more than 10.8 ct, were sold in 166 lots. 

Brenmiller Energy markets thermal generation, storage solution into African countries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2018 Solar power company Brenmiller Energy is focusing on African countries to fill its project pipeline, where it sees strong growth for renewable energy and energy storage solutions. Brenmiller in 2012 developed a thermal energy storage-based generation unit, which can function either as thermal... 

Alrosa to put 202 'special' diamonds up for sale at Israel auction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa will offer 202 gem-quality rough diamonds for sale at an auction to be held in Israel from August 19 to September 6. The diamonds, with a combined weight of 3 165 ct, are all larger than 10.8 ct, otherwise known as 'special' diamonds. 

Israel seeks early re-tender of mining rights to shore up Dead Sea

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 The Dead Sea is shrinking at the rate of about a meter a year, leaving behind deserted beaches and sinkholes in a slow-motion environmental disaster. The main culprit is the drying up of the Jordan river, its main tributary, as communities upstream draw on it for farming and drinking. But... 

MeerKAT highlights importance of funding

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The official inauguration of the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope array in the middle of this month was a wonderful landmark in the history of both science and technology in South Africa. It marked the culmination of years of hard work and innovation by South African scientists and engineers, and,... 

HillHead 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2018 With an unprecedented 546 exhibitors and almost 20,000 trade visitors in attendance, Hillhead 2018 was the biggest and most successful show to date For three gloriously sunny days at the end of June, as Britain sweltered in simmering summer temperatures, Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton,... 

Dagga: a budding opportunity

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2018 First, a disclaimer: I am of very sober habits and this week’s topic – the apparent desire by many on our continent to embrace the cannabis business – is not at all indicative of my recreational preference. I am also not a closet Rastafarian. The latest country to hop on the cannabis bandwagon is... 

World Diamond Congress to be held in Mumbai in October

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) has announced that the 2018 World Diamond Congress, the biannual meeting of the WFDB and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), will take place in Mumbai, India, from October 23 to 25. “This is a very important meeting where we... 

Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in February

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since 2013. The craft, which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs, is set to blast off in December from Florida's Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

Emergency rescue mask available in Africa

By: Paige Müller     6th July 2018 Local safety equipment supplier Dromex now holds the sole distribution rights in Africa for the internationally distributed safety-critical Duram escape mask. The emergency evacuation mask, manufactured in Israel, is designed to provide respiratory protection and reduce the health risk and... 

Glencore’s DRC settlements should allay fears about asset seizure – analyst

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s settlement, this week, of various disputes with entities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), should allay investor concerns about the risk of a seizure of its DRC assets, says Goldman Sachs. Glencore, led by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, on Friday announced that it had... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Russian diamond miner announces auctions and award of high sustainability ranking

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2018 Russian diamond mining major Alrosa announced on Thursday that it would hold auctions in Hong Kong and Vladivostok for large rough diamonds. The Hong Kong auction will start on June 13 and will run until June 27. The Vladivostok auction would start on June 18 and conclude on June 29. In both... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Alrosa reopens office in world’s largest diamond jewellery market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has successfully held its first auction in two years in the US, following the recent reopening of its representative office in New York. The New York office was first opened in 2006, but has not operated since 2016. 

Massive iceberg proposed as solution to Cape Town’s water crisis

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 South African marine salvage expert Nick Sloane has outlined a novel plan to guide an iceberg towards the west coast and harvest it to keep Cape Town’s water shortage at bay. He said despite the idea seeming “crazy”, he believed it could be done and would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs. 

Is desalination the key to our water future?

14th May 2018 Victaulic believes that alternate pipe joining systems will ensure optimal productivity of these vital projects   Recent droughts experienced have caused much of the country to be deemed somewhat of a disaster zone, and with the dreaded Day Zero imminent, the only solution appears to be a manner... 

World Diamond Congress cancelled

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2018 The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) have cancelled this year’s World Diamond Congress, which was due to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, in June, as a result of a weak response to registration for the event. The organisations... 

Careful process consideration, augmentation delays Elandsfontein phosphate mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 Investment company African Rainbow Capital on Wednesday announced delays to its 25%-owned Elandsfontein phosphate mine.  

Alrosa nets $14.8m in Vladivostok large diamond auction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2018 The United Selling Organisation (USO) of Alrosa has sold 101 special size diamonds (weighing more than 10.8 ct) at its most recent auction in Vladivostok, netting a total revenue of $14.8-million. The Russian diamond mining company invited 86 companies from the world’s main diamond trading hubs,... 

We have the ocean, so why not use it?

26th April 2018 It’s South Africa’s greatest irony – a country ravaged by drought, that’s surrounded by ocean. Home to one of Africa’s busiest ports, it seems almost nonsensical that a country so economically dependent upon the ocean should be facing a water crisis. And yet, in 2018, South Africa’s water woes... 

Global wind body sees South African market returning to ‘full health’ in 2018

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects the South African wind market to return to “full health” in the coming year, following more than two years of uncertainty. The council’s latest Global Wind Report, which deals with market developments for 2017, notes that the South African renewable... 

Smart Warehousing and Distribution Systems: Cargo Carriers Is Open For Business

11th April 2018 JSE-listed supply chain specialist Cargo Carriers continues to diversify the logistics services it can offer. The company’s new warehousing and distribution arm includes integrated software tracking and management that reduces the cost to clients of stock-outs and overstocks. Cargo Carriers... 

Signs of industry recovery at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA amidst regional economic challenges

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st March 2018 The premier trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles in Africa has firmly established itself in the market following its third edition. 454 exhibitors from 34 countries and 14,167 visitors attended the international trade fair,... 

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