Botswana Mining News

Lucara Diamond names new CEO, invests in digital sales platform

Together with naming new top execs. the Canadian miner is acquiring Clara Diamond Solutions, which uses blockchain technology to trace diamonds as they move through the supply chain.

Botswana Diamonds just raised more than $695K to boost exploration

Proceeds from the placing will fund ongoing diamond exploration in South Africa and Botswana, and will also provide the company with additional working capital, the company said.

Sotheby’s expects over $33 million for world's largest, rarest, flawless round diamond

The 102.34-carat white diamond is thought to be worth considerably more than previous auction records for similar pieces.

Botswana Diamonds stock crashes on lack of enough gems at Thorny River

Diamonds recovered during sampling at the project were not sufficient to produce a modelled diamond valuation, said the company.

Botswana’s Okavango posts record diamond sales at $567 million

Company posted a 4 percent jump in sales to $567 million in 2017, the highest annual sales since its formation in 2013.

De Beers reshuffles executive committee

Chief executive Bruce Cleaver said the changes were necessary to sustain De Beers' success as a business.

Sierra Leone ‘Peace Diamond’ sold for less-than-expected

The egg-sized, 709-carat rough yellowish diamond was sold for $6.5 million to luxury jeweller Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds.

Lucara Diamond readies for $195 million expansion of Karowe mine

Results of a preliminary economic assessment have revealed the potential for the development of an underground mine at the company's mine in Botswana.

Proceeds from massive diamond found by pastor to go to Sierra Leone’s poorest

Over 50% of the proceeds will be used to fund clean water, electricity, school, medical facilities, bridges and roads, none of which are currently available in the village of Koryardu, where the diamond was found.

Massive diamond found by Sierra Leone pastor now for sale in Antwerp

The 709-carat rock is the second-largest ever found in the West African nation.

Botswana Diamonds soars on promising find at South African project

Sampling work at Ontevreden, part of the Vutomi joint venture, seems to prove the presence of high-grade kimberlite pipes.

Botswana seeks option to buy unusually big diamonds from its mines

Draft bill gives government first option to buy unusually large diamonds found in the country's mines, such as the world's second-biggest 1,109 carat diamond discovered by Lucara two years ago.

Lucara considering partnership to sell 1,000+ carat rough diamond

The company that unearthed the world's second-largest diamond but has so far failed to sell it, is mulling a partnership to sell the giant stone if a buyers is not found within the next six to eight weeks.

Lucara Diamond lowers output target for the year, but pays divvy

The Canadian diamond miner now expects to produce between 265,000 carats and 285,000 carats, compared with the previously targeted 290,000-310,000 carats.

World's second-largest diamond 'too big' to sell

Lucara Diamond’s Lesedi La Rona is said to face challenges other rock never do, including its multi-million-dollar price tag and a risky polishing process that can take months or years.

Botswana Diamonds jumps on prospecting licence expansion

Vutomi licences were extended into additional area of mineralization adjacent to the firm’s Frischgewaagt project in South Africa.

Botswana Diamonds soars on lucky find at South Africa’s Ontevreden

The company identified a group 2 kimberlite pipe in an area known by its high-grade diamonds.

Botswana's Debswana to extend Jwaneng diamond mine life beyond 2024

The firm, a joint venture between De Beers and the southern Africa country's government, plans to extend the lifespan of its Jwaneng mine beyond 2024.

Lucara gets almost $18M for fragment of its massive ‘Lesedi La Rona’ diamond

The 373.7-carat diamond, sold during the Vancouver-based miner’s $54.8 million recent tender, was one of 15 large and high value diamonds offered by the company.

These were the top producing diamond mines in 2016

Here are the top 10 diamond mines in terms of output in carats and value.

Lucara disappoints with lower first-quarter revenues

Quarterly revenues were about half of the revenues posted in the year-ago quarter.

Norilsk Nickel sues Botswana over thwarted mine stake deal

The Russian miner wants to recover $271 million it lost when a state-backed company failed to complete the acquisition of a 50% stake in its Nkomati mine in South Africa.

Sierra Leone pastor unearths one of the 20 largest diamonds ever found

Emmanuel Momoh found the 706-carat diamond in Sierra Leone's Kono district.

Botswana Geoscience Portal serves up 2000 downloads – Explorers hungry for pre-competitive data

Mineral explorers, government and academic researchers, and other key stakeholders from more than 35 countries have visited the public repository to access the 10 gigabytes of pre-competitive geoscience data stored online.

Cupric Canyon gets $50 million to develop Botswana mine

Khoemacau mine will initially produce 50,000 tonnes of copper and 1.4 million ounces of silver a year, but future expansions could increase output to at least 120,000 tonnes of copper annually.