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De Beers' Group's Senior Ecology Manager Piet Oosthuizen Explains Why He Has the Best Job in the World

Senior Ecology Manager Piet Oosthuizen switched from looking after big money to caring for big game – and he’s at his happiest out in the veld

How long have you been with De Beers Group?

Before I joined De Beers Group, I worked for Sanlam, a financial services group with headquarters in Cape Town. By then I had a BCom degree. I started in July 1989 at Finsch mine (now owned by Petra Diamonds) as Assistant Accountant. Various promotions followed and in 1994 I reached the position of Management Accountant. Then, in 1998, I became Administrative Manager at Finsch mine.

De Beers Group Diamond Conferences Put Botswana Centre Stage

De Beers Group has hosted a trio of conferences last week in the Botswana capital of Gaborone on sustainability, youth innovation and gender equity

The three events were all under the umbrella of the ‘impact week’ showcase – three days (Tuesday to Thursday) designed to position Botswana as the centre of gravity for the diamond industry and the benefits it can bring.

A host of high-profile speakers from government, industry and academia as well as fashion, the media and sports addressed the conferences.

First Nation Elders Visit De Beers Mine to Taste the Fish

Elders from six Northwest Territories indigenous groups took part in the second annual fish tasting at De Beers Canada’s Gahcho Kué mine

The event is one of the ways the company seeks to gain traditional knowledge as part of the mine’s environmental monitoring programme.

A dozen lake trout were caught from Kirk Lake by elders from Behchoko and Lutsel K’e, who were accompanied by a member of the mine’s environment team. Kirk Lake is about 20km downstream from the mine site.

When the tasting took place, additional elders travelled to the mine. The event included a mine site tour and an opportunity to pick cranberries, blueberries and crowberries from land around the mine.

De Beers Teams Up to Provide Free Health Screening to Mining Communities

De Beers Group’s Venetia mine in South Africa has hosted free health screening sessions for mining communities as part of a R1.8 million health initiative.

Around 1,500 people were screened at the health fair held during the Community Health Week in mid-October in the towns of Musina, Alldays and Blouberg.

The mine teamed up with the South Africa Business Coalition on Health & Aids (SABCOHA) and technology company EOH for the sessions. The screening sought to detect early signs of health risks such as hypertension, diabetes, HIV and tuberculosis, as well as breast and cervical cancer in women.

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, led the week and gave the keynote address to kick it off.

De Beers' Evelyn Mervine Thinks It Is Time for the Climate to Change for Women in Diamond Mining

Dr Evelyn Mervine, a Climate Change Specialist, wants to help prevent the climate changing, but she does want to change the ‘subtle sexism’ in diamond mining.

Dr Evelyn Mervine, a Climate Change Specialist, wants to help prevent the climate changing, but she does want to change the ‘subtle sexism’ in diamond mining.

How long have you been with De Beers Group, and what were you doing before you joined?

I grew up in rural New Hampshire in the US, and I spent much of my childhood exploring the outdoors. I was particularly fond of outdoor sports such as rock climbing, hiking and paddling. I’ve been racing kayaks and canoes since I was 12 years old, and I continue to participate in the sport.

De Beers Group Gathers Business Leaders to Discuss a Legacy Boost for Community

Ways of bringing about positive changes to the host community of De Beers’ Venetia mine were on the agenda at a business breakfast.

Around 40 business executives and representatives from the Musina Local Municipality and the Musina Youth in Business Forum gathered to identify tangible improvements that could strengthen the economy in the area.

In his keynote address at the event hosted by De Beers at Venetia mine’s Diamond Club, mine Assistant General Manager Hendrick Matjila focused on local procurement and developing a diversified economy.

Advice for Women Going into Mining, from De Beers Group's Liezl Maritz

Environmentalist Liezl Maritz explains why she works at Namdeb and offers advice for women going into mining…

I started working at Namdeb in 2012 as a job attachment. In 2013, I began in a developmental position as an Environmental Officer and was permanently employed as a Senior Environmental Officer for Exploration and Strategic Projects in 2014. I moved over as a Senior Environmental Officer to Namdeb’s biggest operational mine, Southern Coastal Mines, in 2016 where I am still based.

De Beers Group Employees Have a Good Hair Day

Employee volunteers at De Beers’ Venetia mine in South Africa have raised cash for the fight against cancer by having their hair sprayed or shaved.

Around 1,000 people from De Beers and contracting firms stepped forward to face the scissors or the spray for the mine’s annual CANSA Shavathon.

The mine’s volunteer ‘diamond ambassadors’ did the shaving and spraying for fellow employees who each paid R30 (US$2.32) for the privilege. Some had their hair sprayed in stripes or shapes, using stencils.

De Beers Group Helping to Create a Ripple Effect Across Botswana’s Economy

A blog from Bruce Cleaver, De Beers Group CEO, discussing the socio-economic impact of the company in Botswana

I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that in Setswana, the word ‘Pula’ means both money and rain. 

Not just because both are valuable resources, but also because of how a financial investment in a person or a business can create a ripple effect through the economy just like a raindrop in a reservoir.

De Beers Group: From Little Date Seeds, Great Things Are Born

Gareth Mostyn discusses De Beers Group's work in Namibia and our partnerships with local suppliers

In Namibia, more than a third of the entire population is aged under 15 – this is almost 10 per cent more than the global average.

While this obviously creates some socio-economic challenges in terms of education, employment and welfare, it also presents a real opportunity to establish a new generation of Namibian leaders who can take the country forward from strength to strength.

In De Beers Group, we recognise this means that our partnership with Government must play a major role in creating a positive future for this youthful population.


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