South Africa grants Botswana Diamonds ‘critical’ environmental authorization

Botswana Diamonds said Thursday that it had received a “critical” environmental authorization for diamond-bearing gravels from the Marsfontein mine, next to the company’s own Thorny River project in South Africa.

The company noted the permission, granted to its associated firm Vutomi, was a critical step towards obtaining a mining permit, which it expected to receive shortly.

“We believe the mine gravels and unprocessed stockpiles around the Marsfontein mine contain commercial grades of diamonds,” chairman John Teeling said.

Botswana Diamonds has identified potential partners to process the gravels and stockpiles.