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Botswana Diamonds, Alrosa JV company identifies kimberlitic type material in Orapa

02 october 2014

Botswana Diamonds says its joint venture company with Alrosa, Sunland Minerals, which is operating an exploration programme on PL117 in Orapa, Botswana, has discovered kimberlite type material in two of the holes drilled. 
The company said in a statement emailed to Rough & Polished that two holes were drilled on each of two anomalies AN117/1 and AN117/2.
Both holes on anomaly 117/1 intersected intensively altered, cracked and brecciated rocks composing veins (5-10 cm) likely to be of kimberlitic origin, it said adding that samples are currently being processed.
Two boreholes were drilled on anomaly AN117/2, but no kimberlites were identified.
“The discovery of kimberlite type material in holes 3 and 4 is very encouraging,” said company chairperson John Teeling.
“This is the first time that Alrosa exploration technology has been applied in Botswana and these results support its use.  We will now refine the model.”
The exploration programme was ongoing. 

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