POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
The Organizers of the Symposium (which was to be held from 2 – 6 September 2020), wish to advise that the Symposium will for now be postponed until 2021. Please view the COVID-19 tab for full details and updates.
ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM
The SADPO (South African Diamond Producers Organisation) sponsored International Kimberley Diamond Symposium and Trade Show will be held in the town from 2 – 6 September 2020. The event will follow successful Kimberley Diamond Symposia and Trade Shows held in 2007 and 2014.
The 2020 Symposium will be held at the Horseshoe Motel Conference Centre, with supporting evening functions taking place at the Kimberley Club, and Australian Arms restaurant and pub located at the famous Big Hole Mine Museum. A Diggers Braai (barbeque) will be held at the Conference Centre to celebrate and engage with the many entrepreneurs and Junior diamond miners who have a long and colourful history of alluvial diamond mining across the North West and Northern Cape Provinces, including the Atlantic seaboard of South Africa.
Technology is transforming the diamond industry in its entirety, be it in exploration, evaluation of source-rocks, mining, comminution, processing and recoveries, cutting and polishing of rough diamonds, and tracking of diamonds from source to sales-point utilizing Blockchain. A focus of the Symposium will be to present and cover the impacts of these new technologies.
New technologies and geological interpretations have changed the approach to Junior diamond mining operations in the Northern Cape and North West Provinces, technology advances are ensuring greater recoveries of large and exceptional diamonds in mines across southern Africa and other parts of the world, drone technology is enhancing delineation and exploitation of ultra-low-grade alluvial deposits, and back-to-basics fieldwork and geological modelling has restated the origin and diamond resources of alluvial deposits in North West and Northern Cape Provinces of RSA.
|Delegates proceed to Kimberley; Visits to diamond localities, alluvial operations en-route||Welcoming evening Cocktail Function at the famous Kimberley Club|
|Symposium & Trade Show – Opening ceremony, Technical Presentations, Panel discussions||Dinner function at the Big Hole, Kimberley Mine Museum|
|Symposium & Trade Show – Technical Presentations, Panel discussions; Closing Review||Diggers Braai (barbeque) at the Symposium Venue|
|Field-visits to local kimberlites and mines, alluvial operations on the Riet and Middle Orange River, historical sites of Kimberly and environs||Ghaap Plateau; Schutsekama, Douglas, Prieska, Kimberley nodule dumps|
|Visits to places of interest in and around Kimberley;||Depart for home|
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Operators, owners and investors involved in all aspects of diamond exploration, mining, processing plant, diamond recovery, and product security, locally and internationally
- Entrepreneurial small, Junior, and mid-tier diamond producers from RSA and African countries
- Service providers to the industry, including manufacturers and suppliers of earth moving equipment, diamond treatment and processing plant, final recovery equipment, and security systems
- Academics and students pursuing diamond R&D topics, Diamantaires sourcing and marketing diamonds, particularly the high quality-high value gemstone product, Financial analysts, funders, and corporates wanting first-hand industry exposure, and Synthetic diamond producers and marketers.