Botswana Diamonds announced the preliminary kimberlite assessment on the Thorny River prospect in South Africa is encouraging, with projected volume of kimberlite in the area exceeding previous estimates, to ca. 2m tonnes. The company is now investigating mining options, and has yet to make an assessment on potential diamond grade. John Teeling, chairman, commented: "The estimated kimberlite volume in the River area is considerably better than expected. Botswana Diamonds will now determine the mining potential. Let me put this in context. The 2 million tonnes is almost twice the size of the nearby Marsfontein deposit. We have identified other small potential blows which could further increase the kimberlite volume. This enhances the potential in developing a "hub and spoke" mining project".