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Black Young Diamonds Get Jewellery Training

The South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator (SADPMR) has embarked on a project that trains historically disadvantaged people to start businesses in the jewellery fabrication industry.

Black Young Diamonds Get Jewellery Training

“In the Free State, the SADPMR has embarked on a project to support the Virginia Jewellery School in bringing economic revitalization to the Free State, thereby helping to reduce poverty and unemployment in the area,” Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said.

Addressing the National Council of Provinces, he said the State Diamond Trader continues to prioritise youth skills development within the jewellery fabrication industry.

“The entity partnered with the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) through an agreement to facilitate and implement an Exit Training Programme for Jewellery Designers and Watchmakers who were sent to Italy for training in their respective fields. The trainees originate from all nine provinces,” the Minister said.

Through the entity’s Enterprise Development Programme, the State Diamond Trader ensures that there is a constant stream of new young black diamond entrepreneurs entering the sector.

“By the end of December 2017, the programme had seven groups with 27 trainees originating from all nine provinces. One of the trainees was released from the programme as she now has an operational diamond cutting and polishing factory. She is now a client of the State Diamond Trader and qualifies to buy rough diamond from the entity,” the Minister said.

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