Our main role is to inspire consumers to consider diamonds - Jean-Marc Lieberherr

With over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions across many geographies, functions and businesses, Jean-Marc Lieberherr has more than 10 years’ experience as a diamond industry leader, which includes as a Board member of the World...


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De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

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Botswana Diamonds raises £250k to fund exploration, progress SA bulk sampling

19 july 2019

botswana_diamonds_logo.pngBotswana Diamonds has raised £250,000 before expenses through the placing of 50 million new ordinary shares to fund its operations in in Botswana and South Africa.
It said in a statement that the funds will be used to continue diamond exploration efforts in Botswana and progress the Thorny River bulk sampling programme, in South Afica.
The diamond exploration company said funds will also be used for general working capital purposes and to bring the Marsfontein dumps and gravels into commercial production with first diamond sales expected by the fourth quarter of 2019. Marsfontein is contiguous to and an extension of the Thorny River project.  
Botswana Diamonds recently said its 40%-owned Vutomi had been granted permission to sell diamonds recovered during bulk sampling at the Thorny River project.
At least 256 carats of rough diamonds had been recovered as of June 10 from re-commissioning the processing plant.

Thorny River Project                                                                                            Image credit: Botswana Diamonds

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