Varvara Dmitrieva: The jewelry industry of Yakutia is distinguished by its creativity, unique cultural code and conservation of traditions

Varvara Dmitrieva, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Precious Stones and Metals Processing Technologies of the North-Eastern Federal University, told Rough&Polished about the results of the Forum of jewelry Craftsmanship and the prospects...

16 april 2024

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...

18 march 2024

SA court rejects class action against Anglo American over Zambian lead poisoning

20 december 2023

The South African High Court rejected Leigh Day and Mbuyisa Moleele's class action certification motion against Anglo American South Africa on behalf of Zambian claimants regarding lead poisoning in Kabwe. As stated by applicants, lead poisoning was a result of the mining activities of the company.

The court ruled that the applicants must pay Anglo American's costs incurred in responding to the application.

It was recognised that future claims would not be affected because the applicants' law firms and their backers had purchased insurance to cover such legal expenses.

The court acknowledged the numerous legal and factual deficiencies in the assertion and determined that permitting the class action to continue would not be in the best interests of justice.

“This claim was entirely misconceived from the outset, both legally and factually,” said Anglo American’s legal and corporate affairs director Richard Price.

“As we have stated throughout, Anglo American has every sympathy for the situation in Kabwe, but we are not responsible for it.”

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