The Operations department controls a number of critical departments within the company such the Information Technology, Diamond Risk Management, Diamond Audit, Technical, the Diamond Academy (training) and the core business functions of diamond sorting and valuation.
The Diamond Academy is the company’s training department, which offers rough diamond sorting training to new employees and shares industry information with staff members. To ensure the diamond industry benefits from the rare skills in sorting and valuations of rough diamonds, the Academy has extended the training to members of the Protected Resources Unit (PRU) of the Namibian Police; Sightholders; Ministry of Mines and Energy and members of the De Beers Group of Companies in Namibia.
THE DIAMOND ACADEMY
Other activities within the department include maintaining safety at the work place and ensuring that all policies and procedures are being adhered to.
Rough diamond sorting is a unique skill that includes categorising diamonds according to the Four C’s: Clarity (Quality); Cut (Shape of the diamond); Colour and Carat-Weight (Size). There are over 12 000 price categories in which rough diamonds are sorted.