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Too much sparkle to handle: Bidders fail to meet reserve price for Lesedi La Rona, Botswana’s largest gem

Lesedi La Rona, the biggest diamond unearthed in Botswana and the largest find in more than a century, second in size only to the Cullinan diamond cut into the British Crown jewels, has failed to find a buyer. Bidders failed to meet the reserve price for the diamond. The gem was expected to surpass the $63m paid for the 813 carat diamond sold in May by the Canadian company, Lucara, which also owns Lesedi La Rona.

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The Netherlands mining interests in Africa: an interview with Dirk-Jan Koch

Investing in African Mining Indaba, an annual professional conference held in early February, is dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. Nancy Onyango from This is Africa sought out Dirk-Jan Koch, envoy for Natural Resources at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for a chat about about the Netherlands’ stance on illicit financial flows, mining, flooding and water management in South Africa.

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Follow the money: How ICTs ensure accountability in public spending in Nigeria

In March 2010, one of the worst lead-poisoning epidemics in history was discovered in Zamfara state, Northern Nigeria. Its root cause was unsafe practices by artisanal miners working in the area. The miners crush and grind ore to extract gold, in the process releasing dust that has a high lead content. Children and adults were exposed to this dust when they were labouring in the processing site, when relatives returned home with dust on their clothes and hands, or when processing ore in their homes. Water and food sources were also contaminated with this highly toxic element.