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2011 Diamond mining in Southern Africa (PDF Report)


Much to the relief of the global diamond market, the diamond trade is at long last starting to show signs of revival, following the crippling global economic crisis of 2008/9. While 2010 was not a painless year for the diamond sector, given the structural issues that continued to afflict already stressed-out markets the world over and the, as yet, unanswered questions about the sustainability and the resilience of the global economy, the industry is, nonetheless, in a far better position than it was at the start of the financial crisis.


Debt levels in cutting and polishing centres have been brought down to more controllable levels and diamantaires have done well in rebalancing their inventories – as a result rough diamond prices have rebounded and exceeded precrisis highs, with strong demand growth. This report discusses the world diamond market, with a particular emphasis on diamond-mining activities taking place in Southern Africa, and provides information on key companies, operations and projects.


Published on: 07 November 2011.


List of abbreviations 1

Key developments 2

Global market 3–6

  • Supply and demand
  • Synthetic diamond market
  • Conflict diamonds

Major sources of diamonds 7–8

  • Imports and exports

Global diamond-mining companies 9–29

  • De Beers
  • Alrosa
  • Rio Tinto Diamonds
  • BHP Billiton
  • Gem Diamonds
  • Petra Diamonds
  • Trans Hex

Smaller and emerging diamond-mining companies 30–37

  • Alexkor
  • Delrand Resources
  • DiamondCorp
  • Firestone Diamonds
  • Lucara Diamond Corp
  • Rockwell Diamonds

Overall outlook for diamond sector 38

Main sources 39–44

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