The Botswana Diamonds (BOD) says its associate Vutomi (BOD 40%), on 7th June 2019 received permission to sell diamonds recovered during bulk sampling at their Thorny River project. Up to Monday 10th June, 256 carats of rough diamonds had been recovered.
The sale of diamonds from bulk sampling will enable funding of further development by Vutomi.
Operations at Thorny River
Trenching by Botswana Diamonds has identified a ‘hotspot’ at Thorny River with a thick kimberlite intersection of four metres wide, suggesting a ‘kimberlite blow’. 256 carats of rough diamonds have already been recovered from re-commissioning the processing plant. The bulk sampling programme will generate short-term cash flow, whilst building the mineral resource. Our partner, SouthernEra Diamonds, have included their coarse tailings dumps generated from the mining of the Marsfontein and Klipspringer diamond mines into the same revenue sharing agreement. The Thorny River bulk sampling project is a joint venture between SouthernEra providing the processing (40%), Palaeo (40%), the mining contractor and Vutomi (20%) providing the ground.
Application for Marsfontein Mining Permit accepted
Vutomi’s application for a Section 27 Mining Permit over a portion of the Marsfontein farm has been accepted by the authorities. Marsfontein is contiguous to, and an extension of, the Thorny River project. This portion of the farm is host to the rich M8 kimberlite dyke, bordering the great Marsfontein diamond mine, in-situ gravels and dumps.