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Roman Grynberg

Pearls of wisdom hide ugly truths

A study of pink plastic pearls shows that Africa will have to make big sacrifices if its children are to be employed

Competition in diamond market chips away at De Beers

Market pressures have driven sightholders to rebel against the high prices being set by Anglo, writes Roman Grynberg.

Japan’s Shinzo Abe flouts economics 101

In the major powers, it’s called quantitative easing. In plain terms, it’s printing money. And Japan's prime minister has begun doing it in a big way.

Region fails to cut it in diamonds

Namibia, Botswana and South Africa did little to halt the collapse of the beneficiation industry.

Diamonds aren’t Sacu’s best friend

Unfair revenue-sharing in the Southern African Customs Union is getting worse, writes Roman Grynberg.

Pursuit of luxury drives trade crisis

After years of importing more than it exports, Namibia must act to avoid dollar devaluation.

The curse of cars going cheap

Africans are snapping up cheap, second-hand cars but the Southern African region pays dearly for this.

Customs union inhibits development

South Africa's neighbours are dependent on the union's short-sighted revenue-sharing formula.

The IMF loves, but labour’s still lost

An unusual internal report links shrinking union power to growing inequality – but don't be fooled.

Botswana diamond workers bleed

Rising costs have exposed flaws in a beneficiation deal that should have been clear-cut, writes Roman Grynberg.

Reel in Botswana’s wild west

Fishing licences for locals and the influx of traders from Zambia and the DRC should be controlled, writes Roman Grynberg.

Will Putin use diamonds to rescue Russia?

An economic crisis is pushing Russia into a corner, potentially forcing a mass gem sale.

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