De Beers Consolidated Mines
A view of the Voorspoed mine Processing Plant
A partnership between De Beers and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) entity, Ponahalo Holdings Limited (74:26).
De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is the pioneer of the South African diamond industry and where the De Beers story began. Formed in 1888, in Kimberley, South Africa, today, DBCM is South Africa's largest rough diamond producer.
Through its partnership with Ponahalo Holdings, DBCM reflects a wide range of South African communities including our own employees and retired workers, gender based and disability groups and leading empowerment business people.
DBCM at a Glance
- South Africa's largest diamond producer
- Two mining operations, Venetia and Voorspoed, and surface diamond recovery at Kimberley
- Venetia, South Africa's largest diamond mine, produces 40% of the country's annual production
- Voorspoed, one of South Africa's newest mines, is an occasional source of large and exotic coloured diamonds
- We help to manage the Big Hole at Kimberley, a major tourist attraction in the area
- A total of 1,007,676 hectares under licence
Our historical DBCM head office on Stockdale Street in Kimberley, is still in use even today
The name Kimberley has been associated with the magic of diamonds since these mysterious, shiny "pebbles," first appeared in the Northern Cape region of South Africa in the mid-19th century. The Eureka, the first diamond found in South Africa, was discovered less than 30 miles away and within a few years, the mining town of Kimberley had become the centre of Africa's first diamond "rush."
Venetia is an open pit mine and South Africa's largest producer of diamonds, contributing 40% of the country's annual production. The mine is in Limpopo Province in the northeast corner of South Africa
In 2008, Voorspoed became the first major new diamond mine to be opened in South Africa in almost two decades. Voorspoed is the first of a new generation of 21st century mines that will meet the highest standards in environmental and social performance.