This article deals with the history of diamond mining, how it started and what it led to in South Africa.
The production of diamonds has doubled in the past years, however it is thought that most diamond
deposits have been mined, and many companies have moved to Botswana. Most mining comes from
old projects and costs a lot. Diamond beneficiation was introduced to allow for historically involved
companies to renew themselves and allow for sustainability. While the diamond industry once allowed
for an increase in employment, it has now decreased significantly. However, if sustainability measures
are put in place, diamond mining will allow for more job opportunities in the future.
This article serves to inform readers about the historical story behind diamond mining and how it
began. The article also talks about the production of diamonds and companies involved. It focuses on
the industry no longer seeming as cost productive and beneficial as it once was and it informs us that
measures have been taken, such as beneficiation, to improve development and sustainability. The
author also tells us that in comparison to other diamond producing countries, we are producing very
little and it is not enough to benefit our economy in a significant way.
The article is focused on South Africa, while the research is focused on Gauteng. Despite the article not
giving much positive information on how the diamond mining industry is important, it does talk about
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how it was once extremely important to the country, but in more recent years, production has fallen and
deposits have decreased making other mineral resources seem more beneficial for the country in terms
of opening up jobs and creating equity. The article gives an opposing view on the importance of
diamond mining to the country, saying that while it was once extremely important in many aspects
such as the economy, it has now reached a point where it is making no significant benefits.
The article was written by Ehud Arye Laniado, the principle at Mercury Diamond. He specializes in
rough and polished diamonds. The information is reliable as he works in the diamond industry at a
prominent diamond company. He also gives statistics of production rates which are reliable as he works
in the industry.
The article is extremely one sided and does not offer a lot of information on the importance of diamond
mining and how it has helped the country. The article also contains bias as the author works within the
trade and is providing his point of view despite having accurate information and statistics.