About Us

The Kimberley Diamond and Jewellery Incubator (KDJI) was founded by the Northern Cape Provincial Government (NCPG) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) on the 16th April 2015. The objective of the establishment is to actively seek solutions to the multiple challenges facing South Africa’s diamond jewellery manufacturing industry including the empowerment of historically disadvantaged groups, poverty alleviation, community improvement and human capital development.

The purpose of KDJI’s establishment is to develop diamond cutters, polishers and jewellery manufacturers into better business people through appropriate business development interventions. These interventions are focused on addressing the high failure rate of existing small entrepreneurs in the mineral beneficiation and jewellery manufacturing sectors due to a lack of entrepreneurial skills. KDJI works with viable small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the mineral beneficiation and jewellery manufacturing sectors. These are entrepreneurs at different stages of the growth cycle – from business idea/concept design stage to early stage start-ups as well as established entrepreneurs.

Since its formation, KDJI has grown to become to become the only incubator with capacity to provide knowledge exchange, shared infrastructure and technology support to entrepreneurs in the precious minerals and jewellery manufacturing sector. KDJI has assisted over 70 small business enterprise in the diamond and jewellery industry since 2015.

Our History

The Kimberley Diamond and Jewellery Incubator (KDJI) was founded by the Northern Cape Provincial Government (NCPG) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) on the 16th April 2015.

The objective of the establishment is to actively seek solutions to the multiple challenges facing South Africa’s diamond jewellery manufacturing industry including the empowerment of historically disadvantaged groups, poverty alleviation, community improvement and human capital development. The purpose of KDJI’s establishment is to develop diamond cutters, polishers and jewellery manufacturers into better business people through appropriate business development interventions. These interventions are focused on addressing the high failure rate of existing small entrepreneurs in the mineral beneficiation and jewellery manufacturing sectors due to a lack of entrepreneurial skills. KDJI works with viable small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the mineral beneficiation and jewellery manufacturing sectors.

These are entrepreneurs at different stages of the growth cycle – from business idea/concept design stage to early stage start-ups as well as established entrepreneurs. Since its formation, KDJI has grown to become to become the only incubator with capacity to provide knowledge exchange, shared infrastructure and technology support to entrepreneurs in the precious minerals and jewellery manufacturing sector. KDJI has assisted over 70 small business enterprise in the diamond and jewellery industry since 2015.

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2015

Founded

KDJI was launched by Deputy Minister of Small Business Development Mrs Elizabeth Thabethe and MEC of Northern Cape Economic Development and Tourism
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2016

25 SMMEs

Reached over 25 SMMEs

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2017

International Market Access

China Initiative fact finding for Market Access
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2018

First diamond conversation mechanism between China and South Africa

In April 2018, KDJI, the State Diamond Trader of South Africa, the Chinese Diamond Administration, and the Shanghai Diamond Exchange collectively initiated the first diamond conversation mechanism between China and South Africa
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2019

South Africa Brand

KDJI launches “The Diamonds of South Africa Brand”

About us

Our Mandate

To establish and provide a diamond cutting,polishing and jewellery hub of domestic and international quality and excellence that stimulates economic growth and sustainable SME development through incubation.

Our Vision

To be the premium incubator in the diamond and precious metal beneficiation industry

Our Mission

  • Provide tailor–made solutions for all its Incubator graduates and clients;
  • Develop strategic partnerships with leaders in the global market.
  • Attract the best training and technological talent in the industry
  • Use the latest technology in product development and project execution
  • Focus on continuous improvement of its product portfolio to maintain market relevance.

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Kimberley Diamond and Jewellery Centre 25 Villiers Street Kimberley Northern Cape 8301

07:30 - 16:00 Monday to Friday

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At Kimberley Diamond and Jewellery Incubator we believe in Building the people that make businesses thrive. Our goal is to create elite and innovative entrepreneurs geared to ensuring the success and growth of small businesses in the South African Diamond Industry.