A Closer Look at the Diamond Industry When most people hear about diamond mining, they think of South Africa, where diamonds were discovered in in the Kimberley region. A year-old boy discovered the now-famous That discovery set off a staking rush and power struggle that led to the formation of De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited.
A Reporters investigation of the diamond trade in South Africa has found that companies here pay a royalty rate far lower than that of other African states.
Companies can also reduce or cancel out export taxes if they offer locally-mined diamonds to the state for purchase—even if the South African government never buys the gems, often due to formidably high prices. Provided 10 percent of domestic diamonds are offered, these companies may then receive export tax exemptions.
Until recently, De Beers dominated the South African diamond industry. The only other significant player, Petra Diamonds, with whom De Beers controls 97 percent of the local diamond industry, neither imports nor exports. The same undervalued gems were then sold at market prices around the world.
Lynette Gould, head of media relations for De Beers, declined to comment on the findings, or to address questions about the valuation, sales and import and export volumes of diamonds from South Africa. But highly-placed sources in the diamond industry said that the G.
Calculating diamond revenue losses to the South African budget is complicated by a dearth of data, particularly concerning how diamonds are valued. For example, companies can receive credits for importing diamonds to be cut and polished in South Africa, which in turn may reduce or even cancel export taxes.
Untilgovernment reports on diamonds generally showed blank spaces rather than reveal value and volume of local and export sales. Reports for other commodities such as gold and platinum, however, teemed with data. According to a knowledgeable source, the South African government pressured De Beers to shift sales activities to Africa, specifically South Africa.
De Beers caved in to the pressure but preferred Botswana as a partner. The company signed a ten-year agreement relocating global production sales to Gabarone. South Africa, wary of being seen as a domineering neighbor, acquiesced, the source said.
ByAnglo-American PLC controlled over 60 percent of the wealth listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, through an estimated 80 listed entities. Despite its dominant role in the global diamond trade, De Beers has a history of running afoul of the law in important markets.
At the time, De Beers controlled 50 percent of global rough diamond production. Meanwhile, for more than 60 years, De Beers was banned from directly trading in the United States because of price fixing, despite the fact that the U.
In South Africa, De Beers functioned in a protected niche even after the end of apartheid. For instance, it paid no export taxes on diamonds until According to Parliamentary documents, De Beers extracted the advantage in a twist worthy of a B-movie: Further, extractive industries in South Africa, including diamonds, did not pay royalties untilwith the adoption of the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Royalty Act.
To address the gaps in the system, the act mandated that companies pay royalties at rates ranging from 0. Yet in crafting and applying the royalty rate, the diamond industry, rather than the South African government, has had the upper hand.
Take the rate itself, for example. Botswana and Namibia, major diamond-producing states, have royalty rates fixed at 10 percent. But the government reduced the rate following pressure from the diamond industry.
Unlike other South Africa diamond companies, De Beers does not allow the government to publish key information about the value of the diamonds it extracts. As a result, the state and the public cannot verify the fairness of the royalty De Beers ultimately pays.
By manipulating various categories with price points, they can increase or decrease the value of diamonds. These figures have nothing to do with fair market prices. The state has pulled in little revenue due to exemptions built into the Diamond Export Levy Act. The exemptions were created ostensibly to encourage mining companies to make quality diamonds available to domestic industry, before shipping abroad.
Companies that offer rough diamonds to local buyers for cutting and polishing, or beneficiation, through a government mechanism called the State Diamond Trader system can obtain breaks on export taxes.
Large companies like De Beers can get the exemption if they sell 40 percent of their South African rough diamonds to buyers in South Africa, and offer 10 percent to the State Diamond Trader.
The State Diamond Trader, however, often cannot afford to purchase rough diamonds because the price is too high. We do valuations for the 10 percent offered to the S.
It takes four or five days at a time, with 10 cycles a year.Without any new mines under development, and with limited investment in diamond exploration in the country, it appears as though South Africa’s importance in the rough diamond supply chain may continue to diminish over time.
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