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Botswana Diamonds identifies four anomalies close to the KX36 project

08 december 2023

Botswana Diamonds will embark on follow-up ground geophysics on four anomalies that were identified in the Kalahari close to the company's KX36 project.

The anomalies, it said, were identified by the heavy mineral train flowing from KX36, where it is thought likely that there are undiscovered buried kimberlites in the vicinity of the project, as kimberlites do not occur in isolation.

"Kimberlites occur in clusters; currently, only KX36 has been discovered in this particular kimberlite field in the Kalahari, so there should be more kimberlites waiting to be discovered,” said Botswana Diamonds chairperson John Teeling.

“This work forms part of our emerging Kalahari strategy, which could lead to this area [becoming] a major diamond producer.”

The KX36 project is a 3.5-hectare kimberlite pipe with resources of 17.9 Mt at 35 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) and 6.7 Mt at 36 cpht at $65 per carat.

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