Monday, 3 November 2014

"Ghaghoo" is Open recently reported on the opening of the Ghaghoo diamond mine by the president of Botswana. The mine s held by Gem Diamonds’ wholly owned subsidiary, Gem Diamonds Botswana, which holds a 25-year mining licence. The Ghaghoo mine is situated in the south-east portion of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.  Ghaghoo is the first underground diamond mine in the country and is estimated to hold 20.53 million carats worth $4.9bn.
Gem Diamonds is a British-based mining firm.

According to the Gem Daimonds website 'Ghaghoo' is the name of a locally abundant camel thorn acacia tree, and is the name historically used by locals to refer to the area, before geological exploration teams arrived over thirty years ago, renaming the area 'Gope' - literally translated meaning 'nowhere'.

Mining Weekly recently reported that the company (Gem Diamonds) said that it had allocated funds to a community trust for the commissioning of community projects and was helping to provide the local communities with access to water. Who exactly the community trust will represent is not clear. Community trusts do not have a good track record. Let us hope that that there will indeed be spin offs for the people that needs it the most, and that it will include the San communities.

A new leas of life for a Kalahari Toyota

Gawi is working amongst the San communities in New-Xanagas Botswana. After 1million  kilometers the Kalahari 4X4, or as Gawi called it, the Glory Lory, came to the end of its working life. But retirement was not completely due for this old Bakkie.Take this bakkie, a similar one, an ingenious mechanic and lock them up in a workshop for a few days and, voila,  out comes a “new” Kalahari Bakkie. Fit for another 1million kilometers. 

The old Kalahari Toyota...

...and the new one.
Wanting to know more about what the Kalahari Bakkie is up to? Visit Gawi's blog here

Clash of the Diamonds 3

By now most of the dust must have settled over the disputes that raged between the San communities, the original inhabitants, and the new tenants of this piece of land that is called The Central Kalahari. But, not the dust of the diamond mining operations at Ghaghoo Diamond Mine, formerly known as Gope Diamond mine. The prospects of this mine is so staggering that the real dust won't settle here anytime soon.

As reports: "The Ghaghoo deposit lies in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and comprises two kimberlite pipes, GO25 and GO136, of which GO25 is expected to host more than 100 million tonnes of diamonds.The deposit is part of the Kalahari formation, filled with calcified and silicified sands up to a depth of 25m. Beyond the 25m level, the wall rocks of the Gope Kimberlite consist of Karoo basalt to 391m and Ntane sandstone formation from 391m to an unconfirmed depth. The Ntane formation comprises monotonous pink, buff and white grained sandstones with layers of mudstone and siltstone. The orebody consists of numerous basalt breccia layers within the core, comprising altered talus slope deposits interbedded with pyroclastic. As of January 2013, the Ghaghoo mine was estimated to contain probable reserves of 7.5 million tonnes of ore graded at 27.81ct/100t. It is estimated to contain 2.08 million carats of diamonds. "

Only time will tell if the profits from this mining operations will benefit the orginal inhabitants of the land at all.