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

De Beers achieves 10 million fatality-free shifts at Venetia due to innovative safety strategy

16 february 2024

De Beers’ Venetia mine in Musina, Limpopo in South Africa has achieved 10.2 million shifts without any fatalities despite the mine's transition from open pit to underground operations.

Mining Weekly quoted Venetia safety manager Gavin Anderson as saying that an audacious and innovative approach to safety, which included a comprehensive risk management programme helped achieve the record.

He said De Beers endeavoured to provide employees with a psychologically secure working environment, as opposed to merely one that was safe and hygienic.

Anderson further said that psychological safety is a paradigm shift in which leaders exhibit concern for their employees and promote secure production, shifting the emphasis from management to a newfound appreciation of leadership.

Historically, managers have ensured safety compliance by merely verifying the existence of particular standards and procedures.

Conversely, a psychologically safe workplace fosters an environment where employees are encouraged to express their concerns regarding the inadequacy of a procedure or risk assessment in contributing to the overall effectiveness of safety endeavours.

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