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...


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

Amplats inks 20-year energy offtake agreement with Envusa

06 march 2024

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has signed a 20-year energy offtake agreement (EOA) with Envusa Energy through its fully-owned Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) subsidiary.

Envusa is a collaboration between EDF Renewables and Amplats’ parent firm, Anglo American, to create a renewable energy ecosystem in Southern Africa.

Envusa will provide RPM with about 460 MW of renewable energy from its Koruson 2 solar and wind facilities located on the border of the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape Provinces in South Africa.

This will be facilitated through the South African power utility, Eskom's electrical system, as per the EOA.

The Koruson 2 projects are set to commence construction this year, and all projects are anticipated to be operational by 2026.

“The conclusion of the EOA with Envusa to secure clean energy for our operations is a significant milestone in our journey towards our decarbonisation commitments, ensuring that our PGM metals, which are themselves critical to enabling the just energy transition, are produced in a safe and sustainable manner, supporting our environment, social, and governance leadership priority,” said Amplats chief executive Craig Miller.

"In addition, the generation of energy from these wind and solar projects will provide further resilience to Eskom’s national electricity provision and reduce our electricity costs.”

Amplats seeks to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and attain carbon-neutral operations by 2040.

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