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Pangolin Diamonds inks royalty deal with Umgeni

07 december 2018
pangolin_diamonds-logo.pngPangolin Diamonds said Umgeni Holdings International will acquire a royalty interest in the company’s precious stones prospecting licences in Botswana for $600,000.
Umgeni had also agreed to pay Pangolin an additional $600,000 to acquire royalty interests in its Malatswae, Moenyenana and Motloutse diamond projects.
These were a 2.6 percent gross overriding royalty on diamonds and a 2.6 percent net smelter returns royalty on base and precious metals over the precious stone prospecting licences issued to Pangolin and Geocontracts Botswana.
Geocontracts Botswana was wholly-owned by Pangolin.
“The primary reasons for my additional royalty purchase is because I believe Dr. Daniels knows more about Botswana’s kimberlite geology than anyone else in the world, and I strongly believe Pangolin is on the right track to discover a new and significant kimberlite field southeast of the Orapa Kimberlite Field at their Malatswae Diamond Project in Botswana,” said Umgeni sole shareholder Christopher Jennings.
A total 32 diamonds had been recovered from soil samples to date and 27 within the Malatswae Diamond Project, the largest being 0.19 carats.
Drilling to date had discovered a kimberlite dyke where there was a 100 tonne bulk sample underway to determine its potential economics, and no kimberlite pipes had been discovered as yet.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished