Botswana Diamonds reports that a Mining Permit covering the diamond bearing gravels and residual unprocessed stockpiles surrounding the iconic Marsfontein mine has been granted to its associate Vutomi Mining.
As previously announced, Vutomi has partnered with Eurafrican Diamond Corporation to mine and process the identified deposits on both Marsfontein and Thorny River.
EDC has commenced with site establishment and commissioning is expected to commence within the next two weeks with production ramping-up once commissioning is complete.
Cash flows from Marsfontein will be used to fund ongoing exploration work in Botswana and South Africa.
John Teeling, Chairman of Botswana Diamonds, says:
“I am delighted that the Marsfontein Mining Permit has been granted and that site establishment has already commenced. I look forward to updating shareholders as the company progresses towards being a diamond producer.”
The Marsfontein mine, which comprises a kimberlite blow, was operated for two years in the late 1990’s with a pay-back of its entire development cost in less than four days.
Marsfontein’s run of mine grade was 172cpht (at a bottom cut off of +1.2mm), and its assortment was known to contain fancy coloured diamonds.
Evaluation work on the gravels and residual stockpiles adjacent to and surrounding the mine, conducted at the time of mining, indicated them to be diamondiferous with favourable economics.
These deposits were overlooked when the mine was closed.