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Diamond Producers to continue operations despite COVID-19 outbreak

Even in these uncertain times, traditional diamond producers remain confident about future demand. Despite the current COVID-19 outbreak, on Friday (27th March), Anglo American announced that production will continue across several African diamond assets with considerably reduced employee numbers. Individual mines will continue operating with only 50% of workers remaining. …

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Coronavirus: Africa might be the biggest loser

Researchers believe the spread of coronavirus in Asia might condemn the African continent to be the biggest loser outside Asia; this is despite the absence of a single case being confirmed thus far. According to Dirk Willem te Velde, principal research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, a slowdown in …

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Shanta and Barrick to partner in Kenya

Shanta Gold is set to partner Barrick Gold after acquiring 100% shares of its Kenyan subsidiary Acacia Exploration Kenya (AEKL). The East African mining firm signed a definitive agreement to buy 100% of the shares of AEKL. Shanta Gold CEO Eric Zurrin said the move is a significant one as …

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IIA Technologies infringed element six synthetic diamond rights

Singapore courts have ruled that IIa Technologies have infringed an Element Six patent for proprietary synthetic diamond products and their method of manufacture. The patent relates to the production of material which is desirable both for use in laboratory-grown diamond jewellery, and in optical applications such as infrared spectroscopy and …

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UK-AFRICA SUMMIT: Britain makes a small first step towards green technology

Climate campaigners have described the announcement by the British government to suspend financial support for thermal coal as a “small first step.” The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced at the inaugural UK-Africa summit that the government will suspend financial support for thermal coal as part of efforts to present …

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Revitalizing economic ties top of agenda at the UK-Africa summit

African Development Bank President Akinwumi  Adesina is expected in London for the UK-Africa Summit, an investment summit aimed at forging new partnerships under the theme: ‘Partners for prosperity.’ The summit is being convened by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and kicks off on January 20th. According to a statement, a busy …

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Terex Trucks focuses on Benelux growth

With the economy and the construction sector set to grow at a steady speed in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg over the next few years, Terex Trucks is expanding its operations and bringing its TA300 and TA400 articulated haulers to even more customers throughout the region. The Benelux region is …

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Empire Cat donates truck for raffle

Empire CAT of Phoenix, AZ, has donated a 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 SLT Diesel truck valued at $70,000 as the grand prize for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation (SMEF)  Benefit Truck Raffle. The proceeds are to support critical education, outreach and professional development programs for SMEF. “Empire …

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Law firm also joins the mining forum fray.

Leading global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has become the latest firm to partner the East and Central Africa Mining Forum, this is according to reports coming from Kigali, Rwanda. In partnering the event, the law firm joins other mining industry experts such as Ivanhoe, TechMet, Montero Mining and …

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Growing Focus on Social Transitioning in Mine Closure

Social transitioning is a vital aspect of mine closure that can no longer be ignored. This was the clear message from the 13th International Conference on Mine Closure in Perth earlier last month. SRK is an independent, global network of consulting practices in over 45 countries on six continents. Its …

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