Alluvial Mining

South Africa: Marsfontein to Produce Its First Diamonds in March

Botswana Diamonds has announced that it expects “the first recoveries of diamonds” at its Marsfontein mine in South Africa this month, Rough & Polished reports. 


The alluvial and dump mine, which was initially expected to produce diamonds in February, has seen the excavation of about 1,500 tonnes of alluvial gravels. These are now awaiting processing at the mine’s processing plant.


According to the report, “the Marsfontein project is a precursor to the larger Thorny River project, which is expected to come on stream in the second quarter of 2023.”


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