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Orapa region mines pick De Beers’ output

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Planned production increase at Debswana’s mines in the Orapa region – Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa has pushed up De Beers’ rough diamonds output for the last quarter of 2018, the group’s latest report has indicated.

De Beers’ latest production report shows that rough diamond production increased 12 percent to 9.1 million carats in the last quarter of 2018. The increase is compared to 8.6 million carats recorded in the third quarter and 8.9 million carats in the second and 8.4 million carats in the first quarter.

Despite the good performances by Orapa mines, De Beers missed its production target of 35 to 36 million carats for 2018, as the total production for the year landed at 35.3 million carats. Other mines that contributed to production include Jwaneng, Namibia’s Namdeb Holdings, South Africa’s De Beers consolidated mines and Canada’s Gahcho Kué.

On the other hand, the full year rough diamond sales volumes were four per cent lower at 33.7 million carats compared with 35.1 million carats in 2017.Meanwhile, the 2019 production guidance for De Beers is 31 to 33 million carats, subject to trading conditions. “The lower production is driven by the process of exiting from the Venetia open pit with the underground becoming the principal source of ore from 2023.

“Associated with this, an increased proportion of production in 2019 is expected to come from De Beers Group’s joint venture partners, a proportion of which only generate a trading margin, which is lower than the mining margin generated from own mined production,” said De Beers’ latest production report.

Meanwhile, local analyst Econsult’s economic review for the fourth quarter 2018 has observed that the global diamond market has been performing reasonably well in overall terms, but with stress in particular segments that may reflect structural change and potential volatility going forward.

Econsult however bemoaned that the price increase for rough diamond has squeezed profit margins for dealers and cutters, as polished prices have not increased commensurately.
“The problem has been particularly acute for small, low value diamonds, perhaps due in part to pressure from increasing supplies of synthetic diamonds,” said Econsult.

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Cell City rewards customers

Keikantse Lesemela

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Cell City gave away two Toyota Hilux pick up cars worth about P300 000 and three Hisense televion sets worth P15 000 each to their customers through their annual competition.

In partnership with Hisense and Orange Botswana, Cell City conducts annual competitions to reward their customers and contribute to citizen empowerment. Handing over the cars on Friday, Cell City Chief Executive Officer, Brian White said through the competition they want to satisfy their customers and give back to the community. “Cell City and Orange clients were given a chance to win either a Toyota Hilux pickup or a Hisense television set.

All they had to do was purchase any Hisense mobile phone from a Cell City or Orange retail outlet and fill in the competition form in the store,” said White.Thato Ntshabele, who won one of the cars told the Business Trends that she bought a Hisense cell phone worth P900. 00.

“I never expected that I can win a car. I was just filling the forms and dropped into the entry box and I forgot about it. I am so happy to receive this prize and I thank Cell City for this opportunity,” said Ntshabele. Another winner, Dimakatso Mmusi expressed his excitement saying he had always wanted a van and he is grateful to Cell City.

“I just bought a cell phone worth P899.00 at Cell City Railpark mall, I never expected anything, and I was just submitting the form as I was requested by the shop assistants. This car is very useful to me,” said Dimakatso.

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Smecha chillie hits the shelves

Keikantse Lesemela

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For the love of food and the passion to apply modern technology processes in food manufacturing locally, Kgalaletso Mothoagae established her own brand, Smecha specializing in relishes.

She processes and packages chillie in 325 gramms and 1 litre bottles selling at P50 and P150. She told the Business Trends that she decided to process chillies as it is one of the products that are rarely processed in the food industry.

She started cooking it for home consumption and later started selling to friends and currently the product has gone beyond borders at South African Spar shops and Restaurants. “I couldn’t look for any other vegetable as most of them have already been processed in the market. It is my first product of research in the food industry so I found out that I can do good business with this product. This chillie is free from preservatives but still has extended shelf life of 6 months,” said Mothoagae

The Kanye born young lady studied food technology and has the passion to explore the food processing market in Botswana and contribute to reduce the high food import bill. “I wanted to explore more about food and use my skills to contribute to the development of the local food processing and manufacturing industry. I also wanted to supplement my income at the same time,” said Mothoagae.

She has a degree in Food Technology. She says there is a lot of potential for business growth as there is a demand for the product locally and in South Africa. “My main customers are individuals in homes, they have embraced the product, and they love the taste. There is also a market that has been secured in SA; it is available in several shops like spars and some restaurants”. In future, Mothoagae said she would increase the product range to 10 using various vegetables and flavours.

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