Wind of change sees DMR grant prospecting licences to De Beers De Beers Consolidated Mines CEO Phillip Barton talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

After a two-year procrastination, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has approved 16 prospecting licence applications submitted by De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM). The licences are all in the Kimberley area of the Northern Cape, where DBCM began mining diamonds 130 years ago. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video).