Botswana Diamonds said it has re-discovered eight “group 1” kimberlites on the third Vutomi project in Free State, South Africa.
The Free State Project area, it said, was previously identified by Vutomi using “innovative means”, involving identification of anomalies using satellite imagery, and from evidence gathered from record archives in Kimberley and Bloemfontein along with ground work follow up.
“The best place to find a mine is where there is or was a mine,” said company chairperson John Teeling. “The Free State area was the centre of world diamond mining over 100 years ago but has been neglected. New technology and new ideas offers opportunities.
“This approach is paying off for BOD with the re-discovery of 8 kimberlites. Now we have to see what opportunities exist for BOD. Detailed ground geophysics is currently underway, the results of which will be announced next month.”
Botswana Diamonds had commenced active exploration on the Free State Project which consists of four prospecting rights covering 50,000 hectares of ground within a kimberlite cluster that had the iconic diamond mines of Jagersfontein and Koffiefontein at its Eastern end and Kimberley and Finsch at its Western extreme.
The company said more detailed ground work had involved further field observations and the collection of samples from the relevant sites which had been subject to whole rock geochemistry tests by the Council for Geosciences.
The results, it said, of these tests and observations confirmed the existence of eight group 1 kimberlites. “Extensive historical working suggests that these kimberlites are diamondiferous,” said Botswana Diamonds.
“A detailed ground geophysical survey is currently taking place to assess the size of these kimberlites and the results of this will be announced next month.”