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Valery Budny: There is no strategy and legislation in Russia enabling the full cycle processing of precious raw materials within the country

Valery Budny, Head of the Jewelry Russia program and CEO of the JUNWEX media holding, told Rough&Polished about the results of the meeting and pressing issues in the precious metals and precious stones (PMPS) and the jewelry sectors.

11 april 2024

Paul Zimnisky: Natural diamonds face the risk of eroding their appeal if constantly discounted

New York-based independent diamond and jewellery analyst and consultant Paul Zimnisky told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that the industry should do away with discounts. He said the industry should treat natural diamonds...

01 april 2024

Edahn Golan: Lab-grown diamond prices to continue declining

In an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished's Mathew Nyaungwa, Edahn Golan, proprietor of the eponymous Edahn Golan Diamond Research and Data, predicted that the prices of lab-grown diamonds would continue to decline, especially at the retail and...

25 march 2024

ADPA’s Ellah Muchemwa: G7 restrictions to bring extra costs from diamond mining to retail

The African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), which has openly registered its disdain for the G7’s rough diamond trade restrictions, is of the opinion that the move will bring extra costs on all stages, from mining to retail. ADPA executive...

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Road workers discover ‘huge’ lithium deposits in Zim

27 september 2023

Workers on the Harare-Beitbridge highway close to Ngundu, Zimbabwe, reportedly discovered "huge" lithium deposits.

Employees of Bitumen who were working on the 582-kilometer road improvement project between Ngundu and Runde made the discovery by accident.

“As the workers were widening the road, they came to a section which is close to a mountain and they had to trim the side of the mountain a bit,” an unnamed company source was quoted as saying.

“That’s when they stumbled on the lithium ore. There are massive mountains there and the deposits must be huge.”

The source said lithium ore deposits "could be significant" and this was confirmed by visits from the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe and the mines ministry.

There has been lithium mining in the country for over 60 years, but with the rise of rechargeable batteries in electronics like cell phones, laptops, digital cameras, military equipment, and electric vehicles, demand has skyrocketed.

Despite the fact that China is the dominant player, Zimbabwe has recently attracted investors from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia due to its substantial lithium reserves.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished