Mintek to host the Kimberley Process Working Group of Diamond Experts Workshop

Mintek, as the Scientific Chair of the Working Group of Diamond Experts (WDGE) of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, will be hosting a three-day workshop of the Working Group from 03 -05 October.

The objective of the workshop is to develop a global diamond database, and to deliberate on issues relating to footprinting and fingerprinting of diamonds

The workshop will be attended by members of the WGDE and observers, diamond producers, forensic scientists/institutions and scientific institutions that have already shown an interest in this work since the creation of the WGDE Scientific Subgroup.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event to be held as follows:

Date: 03-05 October 2018

Venue: Mintek G4 Conference room (200 Malibongwe Drive, Randburg)

About Mintek

Mintek is South Africa’s national mineral research organisation established in 1934. It is one of the world’s leading technology organisations specialising in minerals processing, extractive metallurgy and related areas. Our commitment to innovation and our world-class research and development expertise is supported by a physical infrastructure of modern laboratories, pilot plants and workshops. We believe it is our extensive intellectual capital – engineers, scientists and technologists, all of the highest calibre – that forms the most valuable part of our proposition to our customers. Learn more here: and follow us on twitter: @Mintek_RSA

About the Kimberley Process

The Kimberley Process is an international certification scheme that regulates trade in rough diamonds. It aims to prevent the flow of conflict diamonds, while helping to protect legitimate trade in rough diamonds. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) outlines the rules that govern the trade in rough diamonds. The KPCS has developed a set of minimum requirements that each participant must meet. 

Visit: to learn more about the Kimberley Process.

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