On Wednesday De Beers announced sales results for its ninth sales cycle of 2020. Figures from the diamond mining giant reveal significant recovery of the global markets as segments of the value chain begin to fully return to pre COVID-19 activity.
The value of rough diamond sales (De Beers Global Sightholder Sales and Auctions) amounted to $450 million (over P4.5 billion), though this was lower than the cycle 8 sales, it was significantly higher than cycle 9 in 2019.
De Beers says owing to the restrictions on the movement of people and products in various jurisdictions around the globe, it continued to implement a more flexible approach to rough diamond sales during the ninth sales cycle of 2020, with the Sight event extended beyond its normal week-long duration.
As a result, the provisional rough diamond sales figure quoted for Cycle 9 represents the expected sales value for the period 2 November to 16 November and remains subject to adjustment based on final completed sales.
Bruce Cleaver, CEO of the De Beers Group said: “Steady demand for De Beers Group’s rough diamonds continued in the ninth sales cycle of the year, reflecting stable consumer demand for diamond jewellery at the retail level in the US and China, and expectations for reasonable demand to continue throughout the holiday season. However, the resurgence of Covid-19 infections in several consumer markets presents ongoing risks.”
Diamond Mining Giant which operates across the entire value chain of the lucrative industry says the demand in the downstream will cash in as the year comes to an end.
Apart from the usual spending seasons in key markets, that’s is the thanksgiving and new year in United States and China respectively, De Beers says diamond markets will benefit from the massive contraction of travel , the industry ‘s all time competitor.
In their 2020 Diamond Market Insight Report released on last week De Beers said Diamond jewellery reflects permanence and stability; “It expresses true affection; and it provides unbridled joy to givers, recipients and those buying for themselves.”
According to the report two in five (38 per cent) consumers choose diamond jewellery as the gift they most desire to give or receive. “Since travel, which has long been the main competitor to diamonds as a means of creating memories has been so restricted this year, the market for diamonds has benefited,” noted De Beers Researchers.
From their August research De Beers says it found that one in eight Americans would choose diamonds over other options to mark a special occasion.
The diamond mining behemoth which sources majority of its rough goods in Botswana says consumers are open to marketing from diamond retailers, noting that it is seen as a tie to normality, and even the most pessimistic customers do not reject the prospect of receiving communications from jewelers.
“Our July research showed that retailer sentiment had improved and most felt the fourth quarter would be strong.”
According to Cleaver the research found that throughout the pandemic, consumers have seen diamonds continuing to play an important and relevant role in their lives, while the openness to ongoing interaction with diamond jewellery brands has remained high.
“In fact, for many consumers, the purchase of a diamond and all it stands for has taken on even greater meaning, due to the impact of lockdowns and an increased desire to show appreciation for loved ones through timeless gifts of nature that are a store of emotional and financial value,” he said.
Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
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Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.
The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.
Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.
“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.
He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.
Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.
“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.
He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.
He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc
“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran
Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.
“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.
Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.
“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.
He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.
“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams
He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .
Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.
“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.