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Northern Cape community mining project helps curb illegal operations

In the midst of a desert wilderness, for about 109 km from the south bank of the Orange river, which forms part of the border between South Africa and Namibia, miner Lower Orange River Diamonds (LOR) has found a solution to illegal mining, a Community Artisanal Mining (CAM) project, which the company is implementing. LOR CEO Chris Kimber says the 41 343 ha of land in the Richtersveld, of which LOR is the mining right holder, is “arguably the world’s largest alluvial diamond mine, mining over three-million tonnes of gravel per month and employing over 2 300 people”.

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