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Venetia Diamond Mine

Producer of



Near Musina, northern South Africa


De Beers Consolidated Mines (100%)

Geology type

Kimberlite pipes and dykes

Mineral type


Reserve base

117.4Mt containing 115.7Mct of diamonds (2000)

Annual production

3.147Mct (2011)

Mining method

Open pit

Processing method

Crushing and milling followed by gravity separation and diamond recovery by X-ray fluorescence



Open pit

P&H Minepro drills, O&K RH200 hydraulic excavators; Bell B40 water tankers; Terex O&K RH200 hydraulic excavators


Bateman Materials Handling pneumatic conveying system; Kawasaki cone crushers

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