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Kimberley International Diamond Symposium

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.

 

SYMPOSIUM FOCUS

 

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.

 

SYMPOSIUM ACTIVITIES

 

Date (2020) Activity Functions/Localities
Wednesday

2 September

Delegates proceed to Kimberley; Visits to diamond localities, alluvial operations en-route Welcoming evening Cocktail Function at the famous Kimberley Club
Thursday

3 September

Symposium & Trade Show – Opening ceremony, Technical Presentations, Panel discussions Dinner function at the Big Hole, Kimberley Mine Museum
Friday

4 September

Symposium & Trade Show – Technical Presentations, Panel discussions; Closing Review Diggers Braai (barbeque) at the Symposium Venue
Saturday

5 September 

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
Sunday

6 September

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.

TECHNICAL PROGRAM 

 

The September 2020 event will incorporate two days of Technical Sessions incorporating oral presentations, poster displays, panel discussions, and Trade Show activities.

 

Technical Session, Thursday 3rd September 2020 – will cover the origin of diamonds, including the origin of large (>100 carats) and exceptional Type-II diamonds now recovered routinely from kimberlites (and alluvial deposits), research and new findings in mantle rock studies, kimberlites and lamproites, exploration and mining, and processing and recovery developments. New primary source discoveries and mine developments taking place in Africa and internationally will also be addressed.

 

Technical Session, Friday 4th September 2020 – will focus on the extensive low-grade alluvial diamond deposits of the Northern Cape and North West Provinces, including their depositional histories, diamond provenance, exceptional diamond qualities, and new depositional models proposed for the formation of these deposits.

 

New technologies which are changing every facet of the industry, the emergence and impact of synthetic gem or laboratory grown diamonds, the changing dynamics of marketing and sales of rough diamonds, and the present and future of the international diamond market and its key drivers will also be addressed during the Friday (4 September) Technical Session.

 

Should you wish to make a technical presentation or present a poster display at the Symposium, you are requested to submit a short one-page abstract covering topics outlined above to the Organisers for review by the technical team. Authors selected to give presentations or posters will be advised by 30 April 2020, and formats for extended abstracts and posters advised at that time.

 

Panel discussions will be held at the end of each of full-day Technical Sessions to discuss and debate key industry topics and challenges, including the future impacts of technology and synthetic gemstone diamonds, where the diamond mines of the future will be discovered, the long-term outlook for the international diamond industry, the reasons for the stark absence of a robust Junior exploration and mining sector in South Africa, and the decline of small and mid-tier mining operations. By way of example the number of Junior diamond mining companies and operators has declined from a total of about 2 000 in the year 2000, to about 203 operations in 2020, with far reaching consequences for the economies and job contraction in the Northern Cape and North West Provinces.

TRADE SHOW

 

This will accompany the Symposium at the same venue and provide delegates with a cross section of enhanced earth moving equipment, new approaches in design of diamond processing plant, and advanced recovery technologies, including single particle sorting developments.  New entrants to the mining industry will be on hand to display their equipment ranges.

FIELD AND MINE VISITS

 

Several field trips and mine-visits will also be held to localities in the Northern Cape. These will include visits to the current kimberlite mining and tailings retreatment operations of Ekapa Mining in Kimberley, and mining and development activities at the Kareevlei West kimberlites on the Ghaap Plateau north-west of Barkly West, by Junior miner Bluerock Mining which is listed on the Alternate Investment Market (AIM) in London.

 

Site visits to the world-famous Kimberley mantle nodule dumps will facilitate observation and collection pf deep-mantle samples derived from as much as 200 kms below the earth’s surface.

 

Field-visits will also be undertaken to the unique and extensive low-grade, high-value product, alluvial diamond deposits and mining operations of the Proto-Vaal River in the Holpan, Klipdam, Slangheuwel area between Barkly West and Windsorton, the Riet River south-west of Kimberley, and Middle Orange River (MOR) deposits which are ubiquitous between Douglas and Prieska.

 

New work on southern African alluvial diamond deposits shows strong influence of glacial activity in the mass-wastage and transport of diamond bearing material westwards from older kimberlites (>500 Ma), and field visits will include stops at Carboniferous Dwyka glacial pavements located at Nooitgedacht on the Vaal River north-west of Kimberley and alongside the Orange River at Douglas.

SPONSORSHIP

 

Sponsorship categories and benefits:

As well as the benefits listed in the sponsorship categories below you will have the opportunity to interact in both formal and social settings with the leading local and international players and trend setters in the diamond industry.

 

No Category Amount Description
1. Diamond R200 000.00

• Three (3) complimentary delegate registrations for the full symposium & social functions.

• Exclusive use of the “executive board room” at the venue for business meetings with clients.

• Exclusive branding of the “executive board room”.

• One (1) 3 x 2m exhibition stand with 2 people manning the stand.

• One presentation slot at the symposium, if required.

• One-page advertisement (colour) in the A4 abstract book.

• One company banner on the stage at the venue.

• Two company banners in the registration area.

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• You may provide promotional material or gifts for the delegate bags.

• Recognition of your diamond sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a diamond sponsor during the symposium.

• If you are a manufacturer of equipment a dedicated space for parking and displaying equipment at the Symposium venue (details of this are to be discussed with the organisers).

2. Platinum R100 000.00

• Two (2) complimentary delegate registrations for the full symposium & social functions.

• One (1) 3 x 2m exhibition stand with 2 people manning the stand.

• One presentation slot at the symposium, if required.

• Half page advertisement (colour) in the A4 abstract book.

• Two company banners in the registration area.

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• You may provide promotional material or gifts for the delegate bags.

• Recognition of your platinum sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a platinum sponsor during the symposium.

3. Gold R75 000.00

• Two (2) complimentary delegate registration for the full symposium & social functions.

• One (1) 3 x 2m exhibition stand with 2 people manning the stand.

• Half page advertisement (colour) in the A4 abstract book.

• One company banner in the registration area.

• Includes sponsorship of the name tags with your logo on the tag and lanyards.

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• You may provide promotional material or gifts for the delegate bags.

• Recognition of your gold sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a gold sponsor during the symposium.

4. Sponsor of the welcome function at the Kimberley Club

(Wednesday evening, 2 September 2020)

R50 000.00

• One (1) complimentary delegate registrations for the full symposium & social functions.

• One (1) company banner in the registration area.

• Exclusive branding at the welcome function / cocktail party.

• Opportunity to welcome delegates to the welcome function / cocktail party (5 minutes maximum).

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• You may provide promotional material or gifts for the delegate bags.

• Recognition of your sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a sponsor during the symposium.

5. Sponsor of the dinner at the big hole

(Thursday evening, 3 September 2020)

 

R60 000.00

• One (1) complimentary delegate registrations for the full symposium & social functions.

• One (1) company banner in the registration area.

• Exclusive branding at the dinner.

• Opportunity to welcome delegates to the dinner (5 minutes maximum).

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• You may provide promotional material or gifts for the delegate bags.

• Recognition of your sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a sponsor during the symposium.

6. Sponsor of the Diggers’ braai (Friday evening, 4 September 2020) R70 000.00

• One (1) complimentary delegate registrations for the full symposium and social functions.

• One (1) company banner in the registration area.

• Exclusive branding at the Diggers’ braai.

• Opportunity to welcome delegates to the Diggers’ braai (5 minutes maximum).

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• You may provide promotional material or gifts for the delegate bags.

• Recognition of your sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a sponsor during the symposium.

7. Venue sponsor R30 000.00

• One (1) company banner in the registration area.

• One (1) 3 x 2m exhibition stand with 2 people manning the stand.

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• You may provide promotional material or gifts for the delegate bags.

• Recognition of your sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a sponsor during the symposium.

8. Delegate bag sponsor R10 000.00

• Supply of delegate bags with your logo (bags to be approved by SADPO)

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• You may provide promotional material or gifts for the delegate bags.

• Recognition of your sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a sponsor during the symposium.

9. Memory stick sponsor R6 000.00

• Supply of 4 Gig (minimum) branded memory sticks.

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• Recognition of your sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a sponsor during the symposium.

10. General sponsor R7 500.00

• Your company logo displayed on the welcome slide and printed materials.

• One (1) 3 x 2m exhibition stand with 2 people manning the stand.

• You may provide promotional material or gifts for the delegate bags.

• Recognition of your sponsorship on marketing materials.

• Recognition as a sponsor during the symposium.

 

IMPORTANT:

All potential and committed sponsors are requested to please advise SADPO of their sponsorship by 31 March 2020.

 

Conclusion:

Should you have any suggestions or changes to a Sponsorship package that may better suit your company or individual needs and marketing strategy, we would be happy to discuss these with you.

 

Contact details:

Lynette Kruger

SADPO

+27 (0)71 8899 850

lynette@sadpo.co.za

Lyndon De Meillon

SADPO Vice-Chairman

+27 (0)82 6006 627

ldem@iafrica.com

PARTNER PROGRAM 

 

Delegates and their Partners will be able to visit historical places of interest in and around Kimberley, including the museums noted above, as well as art galleries, mine sites, historical buildings, and Boer War sites, before, during, and after the event.  Guided tours run by knowledgeable historians will be available for this purpose.

To be announced

POSTPONEMENT OF THE KIMBERLEY INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND SYMPOSIUM

Date: 30 March 2020

 

Further to the situation that has arisen in respect of the COVID-19 virus and the impact it is having on individuals, businesses, and economic activity locally and internationally, 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.

 

We are all in unchartered territory in respect of how long it will take for acceptable containment of the virus to be achieved, and daily routine, business, economic, trade, travel, and other normal activities to resume.

 

We will continue to monitor this situation, and provide regular updates in respect of future dates and options for the Symposium.  We furthermore appreciate the considerable interest and support shown in the Symposium by local and international participants, speakers, and sponsors.  Importantly if any of you have queries, suggestions, and comments regarding the Symposium we would appreciate hearing from you.

 

The SADPO Kimberley International Diamond Symposium website remains active and we will use this website and our email contact lists, to provide updates in respect of the postponement and possible future outcomes.

 

In the meantime, we urge all of you, your families, work colleagues, and employees to follow appropriate health and safety protocols and lock-down procedures, and stay safe in these challenging and uncertain times.

 

The Symposium Organisers

 

Lynette Kruger

SADPO

lynette@sadpo.co.za

+27 71 889 9850

Lyndon De Meillon

Paleostone Minerals

paleostoneminerals@gmail.com

+27 82 600 6627

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Lynette Kruger

lynette@sadpo.co.za

+27 (0)71 8899 850

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Andrea de Nobrega

info@kimberleyevents.co.za

+27 (0)83 3503 504

DIAMOND SPONSOR

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PLATINUM SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

WELCOME FUNCTION SPONSOR – Wednesday, 2 Sept

DINNER FUNCTION SPONSOR – Thursday, 3 Sept

DIGGERS’ BRAAI SPONSOR – Friday, 4 Sept

DELEGATE BAG SPONSOR

MEMORY STICK SPONSOR

GENERAL SPONSORS