This has been an interesting issue to write and assemble. For one of the articles in this edition, my colleague  Lionel Williams spoke to De Beers’ chief executive officer Phillip Barton about the company’s plans to take Venetia  underground. This is effectively going to be a new mine and is why the project is going to consume a record amount of  capital. I will be interested to hear more of the technical side of how this project is going to be undertaken, as DBCM releases the details.

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