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De Beers awarded sustainability prize for third straight year

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The De Beers Group is again the Overall Winner, and Winner Best Sustainability Reporting in the Resources sector, in the ACCA South Africa Sustainability Reporting Awards, for its Report to Society 2011.

It is the third consecutive year that De Beers has won the award, after its 2009 and 2010 Reports to Society also won first prize in the Resources category, and were the Overall Winners for Best Sustainability Report.

Diamond mining industry leaders to make presentations at Zimbabwe conference

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Leaders from global diamond centers, such as India, Antwerp, Dubai, South Africa, Israel and New York, as well as the Kimberley Process (KP) Chair Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, will deliver speeches at the inaugural Zimbabwe Diamond Conference 2012.

Organizers say that 300 delegates are due to attend the November 12-13 conference.

In addition, mining ministers from South Africa, Angola, Namibia and DRC will also speak on the second day of the conference.

Alrosa supervisory board member says Gokhran may buy more rough goods before end of year

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Russia's state precious minerals repository, the Gokhran, may acquire more rough diamonds from miner Alrosa this year, according to a source familiar with the subject.

The unplanned purchases from Alrosa might necessitate changes in budget targets regulating purchases of precious stones and metals for the state repository, Interfax reported.

De Beers to increase production at Voorspoed by one-third by 2014

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De Beers will increase production at its Voorspoed mine in South Africa by a third to 800,000 carats over the next two years, according to the mine’s general manager, Mpumi Zikalala.

Voorspoed, an openpit mine, is due to produce 600,000 carats this year, said Zikalala said in comments cited by Business Day. The mine will raise output to 750,000 carats in 2013, and to 800,000 carats in 2014.

The rise in output will be facilitated by new equipment, improved roads and other factors in a plan schedule for the mine.

Rio Tinto says diamond production up 9% in first quarter to 3.25 million carats

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Mining giant Rio Tinto recorded a nine-percent rise on the year in diamond outputin the fourth quarter of 2012 to 3.248 ‎million carats.

Rio Tinto said that compared to the third quarter, however, there had been a decline of 12 percent from 3.706 million carats.

For all of 2012, production jumped 12 percent on 2011 to 13.122 million carats.

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