Monday, March 4, 2024

Gem Diamonds to drill boreholes in CKGR

Gem Diamonds, the AIM quoted outfit, rose to another challenge as it announced its plans to drill boreholes for the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR) normards in an attempt to address concerns raised by international human rights organization.

International human rights organizations ÔÇö led by LondonÔÇôbased Survival International ÔÇö labeled CKGR diamonds exploration as conflict diamonds, claiming that government relocation plan of the Bushmen engineered in the late 1990s was based on diamonds finds.

Gem Diamonds, which bought the concession area from De Beers ÔÇô the company that controls 40 percent of the world’s rough diamonds ÔÇösome three years ago added its borehole drilling into its environmental considerations announced two years ago.

Under the environmental concerns, mining will be done two weeks a month and the rest be taken as leave from the environmentally fragile CKGR.

In a statement released to the media on Monday, the company announced it had entered into a partnership with VOX United to finance and provide technical manpower for the drilling of at least four boreholes for CKGR residents.

According to the company, the drilling, which will start next month, will be done at Mothomelo, Metsimanong, Molapo and Gope.


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