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Botswana recovers first diamond at Cameroon’s Libongo

26 july 2012

Botswana Diamonds has recovered a 2 carat diamond at its Libongo sampling project, in Cameroon.
It said in a statement that the diamond was a low value, near gem quality stone.
A 300 tonne bulk sample had been taken from a palaeoplacer conglomerate identified last year and was being processed to confirm the diamondiferous potential of the deposit.
Heavy rains and equipment breakdowns had delayed the processing of the material but the full results were expected to be known by the end of Q3 2012.
Botswana Diamonds chairman John Teeling said his company was an early mover when rumours of diamonds in Cameroon palaeoplacers emerged. 
“Two years later we have found the rock type and now a diamond in this rock.  The stone is of industrial quality but proves the concept,” Teeling said.
He said diamonds being mined from palaeoplacers was a relatively new phenomenon and only gradually finding acceptance due mainly to the Marange discoveries in Zimbabwe.
Botswana Diamonds’ 400 sq km licence was adjacent to the Mobilong diamond mine being developed by CNK Mining of South Korea.

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