The Venetia Diamond Mine: Welcome to the Big Leagues
The Venetia Diamond Mine, the largest producer of diamonds in South Africa, is one of De Beers’ six remaining diamond mines in the country Opened in 1992, Venetia lies close to the town of Alldays. According to mineweb.com, Venetia contributed 40% of the country’s annual production.
According to miningtechnlogy.com, Venetia was the first diamond mine to achieve ISO 9002 quality management certification. There are twelve known kimberlites that form the Venetia cluster. Of the eleven pipes and one dyke system, only two of the kimberlites, K1 and K2, are currently being mined. Until recently an open-pit mine, Venetia is currently being developed as an underground mine