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

Implats lifts suspension of workers who led an underground sit-in at Bafokeng

10 january 2024

Impala Platinum (Implats) has agreed to revoke the suspension notices that were previously issued to 38 employees who participated in an underground sit-in at the Bafokeng North and South shafts in South Africa last month. 

These employees were deemed to have represented the workforce during the incident.

Implats re-evaluated its position in response to the concerns raised by the regional branch of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

The miner has asked the employees to provide specific representations in support of or in mitigation of their conduct, according to Mining Weekly.

NUM said Implats committed to revisiting and re-engaging the union on all concerns addressed in the workers' demands once the situation has stabilised.

“We remain open to constructive engagement but hold firm that this can only be successfully conducted in an environment where statutory safety and labour requirements are upheld,” Implats said.

Meanwhile, the NUM has issued a demand for the resumption of work by all of its members.

On December 18, Implats reported an unlawful sit-it at Bafokeng Rasimone.

The incident was attributed to misunderstandings that were exposed due to the change of ownership at Impala Bafokeng.

This encompassed apprehensions regarding the conversion of the historical employee profit-sharing arrangement to an employee share ownership trust, at the employees' discretion, in addition to uncertainties regarding the capacity to distribute accumulated pension fund balances.

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