December 13, 2017

Sponsors add sparkle to first Diamond Indaba

The first South Africa Diamond Indaba, hosted by the Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane (MP) together with the State Diamond Trader (SDT) at the Sandton Convention Centre on 27 October has seen industry come on board in support of the SDT efforts to promote beneficiation in the industry.

The Diamond sponsor is fittingly the De Beers Group of Companies, the world’s leading diamond company, with unrivalled expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of rough diamonds driving it forward since 1888.

The Platinum sponsor is the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), established in 1940, is a national development finance institution set up to promote economic growth and industrial development.

In the Gold sponsor category are Stargems, founded by Shailesh Javeri in 1981. The vertically integrated business, which has a legacy of over 30 years in trading of rough diamonds, has now diversified into polish diamond manufacturing and trading. It is also a major player in the manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing of jewellery. The other Gold sponsor is KGK Group, founded in 1905, to trade in coloured gemstones, diamonds and jewellery.

Silver sponsors include the South African Diamond Manufacturers Association and Petra Diamonds. Other sponsors are Flawless Diamond Trading House, Rockwell Diamonds and FNB.

Under the theme ‘Enabling South Africa to become the heartbeat of diamond beneficiation in Africa’, the conference will address the job creation and skills development in the beneficiation segment of the diamond industry. In the case of rough diamonds, beneficiation entails the cutting and polishing of the stone into saleable gemstones for incorporation into jewellery or for investment purposes.

The cost of the event is R2 500 excluding VAT and attendance is limited to 200 delegates only. Bookings may be made through Litha Communications, call +27 (0) 11 484 7663 or email

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