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De Beers Sightholders Gala Dinner

On Thursday, 4 July De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa hosted a Cocktail Dinner in honour of its local Sightholders, in Johannesburg. 


 

Miss Mpumi Zikalala (Vice President De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa), Minister Susan Shabangu (Minister of Mineral Resources- Republic of South Africa) and Varda Shine (Executive Vice President - De Beers Global Sightholder Sales).
 

Varda Shine
(Executive Vice President -
De Beers Global Sightholder Sales)
 

Barend Petersen
(Chairman - De Beers Consolidated Mines South Africa)
 

Minister Susan Shabangu
(Minister of Mineral Resources- Republic of South Africa)
 

Miss Mpumi Zikalala (Vice President De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa)

As keynote speaker, Minister in the Department of Minerals Resources (“DMR”), Ms. Susan Shabangu, reassured De Beers and it’s Sightholders by speaking passionately about the diamond industry, with emphasis on the positive impact that the industry has had in the local mining industry and the need for mutually beneficial partnerships, between industry players and government, going forward. Introducing the Minister, De Beers Consolidated Mines Chairman, Barend Petersen, echoed the Minister’s words by saying: “The DMR is strategic in enabling the industry to address some of the challenges that we face regarding beneficiation, and until we make a concerted effort to have mutually beneficial and constructive engagement, there will be little progress made, and to the detriment of all our businesses and the country.”

Varda Shine, Executive Vice President, Global Sightholder Sales, addressed the guests on De Beers Sightholder Sales short to medium strategic focus areas as well as how the division sees partnerships as being  of fundamental importance to the future of all stakeholders in the diamond industry

 “The three way partnership between De Beers, government and Sightholders has enabled the South African manufacturing industry to sustain itself during a time of extreme economic turbulence and growing international competition. In De Beers we are proud of the fact that we have consistently been by far the biggest supporter of diamond beneficiation in South Africa,” said Varda Shine.

Mpumi Zikalala, Vice President, Sightholder Sales South Africa, concluded the evening’s formal proceedings by acknowledging the leadership role that women play within the downstream industry, with due recognition of the women present at the dinner, these being Minister Susan Shabangu, Chairperson of the South African Diamond and Precious Metal Regulator, Ms Nombulelo Mkhumane, The CEO of the State Diamond Trader, Ms Futhi Zikalala and Varda Shine.

In paying tribute to our Sightholders, Mpumi said: “To our Sightholders, I cannot over emphasise the significant role you play within the South African diamond industry.  Varda also mentioned the role that you continue to play with regards to the Shining Light Awards, and I am looking forward to working with you and know that your efforts are noticed and much appreciated”.

The event was attended by all the key participants of the local diamond industry which includes our local Sightholder community, key individuals from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), South African diamond and Precious Minerals Regulator (SADPRM), the South African State Diamond Trader (SDT) as well as our colleagues from De Beers and Anglo American.
The Cocktail dinner was also attended by the Deputy Director General in the DMR, Mr. Mosa Mabuza, the South African Government Diamond Valuator, Mr. Conrad Benn, the CEO of Mintek, Mr Abie Mngomezulu, the Chamber of Mines Chief Economist, Mr. Roger Baxter, De Beers and Anglo American Executives.
 

Sightholders jewellery exhibited:

Jewellery pieces from
selected signtholders
were exhibited
at the Gala Dinner
 

Schachter & Namdar Pty Ltd - Designer: Bhekithemba Ngema. 18ct yellow gold dress ring set with 725 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 15.63cts.


AMC Daneel Diamond Manufacturers - Designer: Mareli Els. Neckpiece: 1 kg 18ct White Gold with 3918 top white brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 85.45cts.



Life Diamonds Cutting Works Pty Ltd - Designer: Caitlin de Villiers 18ct white gold head and neck piece set with 712 round brilliant cutdiamonds & 3 pear shaped diamonds, with a total weight of 45.76cts.

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Life Diamonds Cutting Works Pty Ltd - Designer: Rachel Cohen. 18ct white gold neckpiece set with 841 round brilliant cut diamonds and 6 emerald cut diamonds with a total carat weight of 26.79cts.

 

Life Diamonds Cutting Works Pty Ltd - Designer: Catherine Sizer. White gold disc created using 846 white and black diamonds weighing 19.08cts.

Steinmetz - Designer: Neo Matome-Harun. 18ct white gold linked neckpiece set with 1,311 round brilliant and baguette cut diamonds with a total weight of 16.88cts.


 

Steinmetz - Designer: Katja Nilsson.Boabab Tree necklace 8ct white and red gold neckpiece set with 674 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 24.95cts.

Safdico Diamonds - Designer: Perusha Naidoo. 1407 x Round Diamonds VVS/Si, G/H. 4 x 0.50cts, 14 x 0.30cts, 24 x 0.15cts, 1215 x 0.02cts, 150 x 0.01cts. Total 49.10cts.



 

Safdico Diamonds - Designer: Vijay Shah Ankle Chain on Black Rubber: 414 X Round Diamonds, VVS/Si, I . Total 12. 42cts. 9 x Assorted Fancy and Round Diamonds, Assorted VVS/ SI & Fancy Yellow. Total 4.5cts.

 

Zlotowski's DCW - Designer: Jeanne Barnes. Flexible white gold and blue perspex neckpiece created using 749 diamonds weighing 22.85cts.

 

Safdico Diamonds - Designer: Metaxia Sterianos 1354 x Round Diamonds VVS/SI, G/H. 24 x 0.25cts plus assorted sizes 0.03 - 0.01cts. Total 23.285cts.
 

Zlotowski's DCW - Designer: Hunadi Tlomatsana 18ct white gold neckpiece set with 2 055 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 34.84cts, and 24 Forevermark diamonds with a total weight of 6.07cts.

Zlotowski's DCW - Designer: Jing Jing Li. 18ct white gold neckpiece set with 660 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 16.54cts and one Forevermark diamond weighing 0.18cts.

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