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Two explorers in the snow    Explorers post a new safety milestone
March 2017
The De Beers Canada Exploration team has established a remarkable record of safety excellence, going six years without a lost time injury despite the fact that the team members often work in remote and inhospitable terrain, dealing with swamps and heavy brush, and sometimes packing heavy equipment.
 Man helping young boy put on shoe   Sanitary towels and shoes help children stay in school
March 2017
De Beers has stepped in to provide shoes and sanitary towels for dozens of South African children to prevent them from missing out on their schooling as part of the Limpopo Back to School campaign. Some of the challenges facing youngsters in rural Limpopo are the long distances travelled by learners to gain access to an education. Similarly, many young girls miss up to a whole week of school each month because they cannot afford sanitary towels
Group of Basotho students receiving awards   Letšeng spends M9m on scholarships
January 2017
Letšeng Diamonds has spent over M9 million since 2006 awarding scholarships in the fields of for mining engineering, geology, metallurgy, mechatronics, mineral survey, electrical engineering, engineering management, environmental health and accounting. So far 41 scholarships have been awarded.
 namibian scene   Green Light for Namdeb Windfarm Deal
November 2016
Namdeb has named Oab Energy to build, run and maintain a windfarm. The project, due for completion in April 2017, involves four 2MW wind turbines, which together will generate ~17%t of Namdeb’s total electricity consumption.  10 solar water heaters were installed in Oranjemund in 2014 and another 80 will be installed towards the end of this year. Namdeb is also working on retrofitting lights on plants’ conveyors with LEDs and reducing idle times on earth-moving machines.
 Photo of area around Diavik mine plus text explaining objective of film   We fish today, for fish tomorrow
Video by Diavik Mine describing its environmental monitoring incorporating traditional knowledge from local communities. The mine’s aquatic effects monitoring program was designed by community members to evaluate fish health and water quality using traditional indicators. As part of this program fish were caught, cleaned, inspected, cooked, and tasted and water was inspected, sampled, boiled, and tasted. Participants shared traditional knowledge of the Lac de Gras area and recorded their observations of the fish and the water.
  ALROSA to Support Reindeer Protection Program
October 2016
ALROSA is supporting a Reindeer Protection programme to help preserve the traditional way of life of the indigenous minorities and the biological ecosystems in the area around the Verkhne Munskoe diamond deposit.   Satellite radio collars are now being attached to reindeer to transmit their location every 20 minutes.  When the reindeer enter a production area or start crossing the access road the division is brought to a standstill so that the reindeer can pass freely.
Headline with picture of a group of lions   Lions and Zebra are red list winners
October 2016
The Red List is a globally recognised tool to categorise the risk of extinction for the world’s species. South Africa’s Mammal Red List, part funded by De Beers, has recently relisted the African Lion and the Cape Mountain Zebra as ‘Least Concern’ down from their previous status of ‘Vulnerable’, mainly as a result of their population growth on game farms and wildlife ranches.
 Screenshot of article with photo of Gahcho Kue mine   Gahcho Kué could contribute $6.7 billion to NWT economy
MyYellowknifeNow, 7 September 2016
The Gahcho Kué mine could provide a $6.7 billion boost to the Northwest Territories economy over its lifetime, according to a report by De Beers’ Canada. It has already provided $440 million to the NWT economy between 2006 and 2015, but nearly 90 per cent of the mine’s economic impact will happen once the mine becomes fully operational in 2017.
Stunning African sunset with silhouette of a tree   De Beers develops interactive poster about its commitment to conservation
September 2016
De Beers showcased a new interactive poster at the recent International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress to demonstrate its passion for biodiversity and its work in protecting ecosystems and endangered species.
    Lucara gives back
Botswana Daily News, 16 August 2016
Lucara Diamond Corp has donated over P2.6 million to the Lady Khama Charitable Trust. The funds, raised by the auction of 3 stones at Sotheby's then matched by Lucara, were distributed by the Trust to the Lady Khama Disability Programme, Tlhokomela Trust, Botswana Retired Nurses Society and  Grandmothers Support Group.  These three charities were selected by the Trust as they spoke to Lucara's corporate social responsibility focus, namely disadvantaged children, women and wildlife protection in Botswana.
 Foxfire article showing the 187 carat diamond     Diavik Foxfire lights the way 
Robyn Ellison, M2M, 2016
The story of the 187 carat Diavik Foxfire which came from the core of the earth to rest below a frozen lake ..."and was discovered in a remarkable feat of human engineering all the while preserving the integrity of Diavik’s pristine environment. This was accomplished while working closely and respectfully with local communities – especially local Indigenous communities – to ensure they derive enduring benefits from the relatively short economic life of the mine". 

 

    Botswana: Sustainability Champion
The Patriot on Sunday, July 2016
Mphoto Mosute describes her career path from the position of Environmental Coordinator at Jwaneng mine  to her current position of co-ordinator for Debswana's sustainability strategy.
    Debswana injects millions into education 
Lebogang Baingapi, Mmegi Online, April 2016
Debswana Jwaneng Mine in partnership with the government (the Debswana Government Schools Development Programme) has sent experts to local schools to assist in teaching Science, Maths and English. The mine has also refurbished two libraries in local schools, invested in developing the teaching of agriculture, and provided school desks and an information centre at the local library.           

 

    The Canadian diamond mine putting ethical diamonds on the map
Marian Hume, The Jewellery Editor, March 2016
"Diavik is an inspired collaboration between indigenous stakeholders and a modern mining company, guests in the pristine land of the caribou. The Diavik Foxfire encapsulates all that is good about diamonds: care for the land, community benefits…a promise of new wealth, a legacy for future generations."           

    Extractive industry creating employment for locals in Botswana
CCTV Africa, Video (1:45), June 2016
The diamond industry in Botswana is a key contributor to the country's economy and its employment statistics. In 2014 the partnership between the government and DeBeers Company created 34,000 jobs and employed 8,000 people, most of whom were Botswana citizens.
 Screenshot of map of Canada   De Beers Victor Mine Wins National Safety Award
IDEX, May 2016
De Beers Victor Mine in Ontario was recently the recipient of the John T. Ryan Award for 2015, Canada’s most prestigious award for mine safety. This is the second time that the Victor Mine has won an award, having been named International Mine of the Year in 2009, by /readers of Mining Magazine.
 Screenshot of article   Forevermark launches Rhino rescue effort in Botswana 
Anthony DeMarco, Forbes, February 2016
Forevermark, the De Beers diamond brand, is supporting the Tlhokomela Trust, which has a mission to "perpetuate and expand Botswana's vast and pristine wilderness and protect critically endangered rhinos and other species."        
 Screenshot of article   De Beers takes a shine to five black-owned diamond companies
Allan Secombe, Business Day Live, July 2016
De Beers has selected five black-owned cutting and polishing companies for special attention towards meeting the South African government’s demands for beneficiation of the country’s mineral wealth.  De Beers will provide technical and production support in all aspects of the business. It will also facilitate access to funding and provide rough diamond supplies to ensure they could compete locally and overseas.
 Screenshot of article including a factbox that 25% of Diavik's workforce are Aboriginals.   A proud legacy:  Creating Aboriginal business development opportunities at Diavik
Robyn Ellison, M2M,
Right from the initial planning stages at Diavik, local Aboriginal communities have been widely consulted about the operation and impact of the mine. This engagement has led to the development of considerable employment, training and capacity-building opportunities. An environmental agreement also allows the Aboriginal partners to monitor Diavik’s environmental activities in a pristine landscape that is extremely precious to their culture and way of life.
Lac de Gras and you tube controls   Diavik Wind Farm
2015