Voorspoed processing plant at night. Voorspoed opened in 2008, the first new mine in South Africa in almost two decades.
In 2008, Voorspoed became the first major new diamond mine to be opened in South Africa in almost two decades. Voorspoed is the first of a new generation of 21st century mines that will meet the highest standards in environmental and social performance.
Voorspoed is an open-pit operation, and occasionally produces large and exotic coloured diamonds. It is located about 30km northeast of Kroonstad in the Free State Province. We are currently mining at a depth of 47 approximately meters, over a surface area of 12.5 hectares, and all diamond processing is carried out at our onsite facility.
Every employee at Voorspoed has completed secondary school and some have had tertiary education. At least 25% of the technical and mining jobs at Voorspoed are held by women, and 36% of the total mine complement is female.
We expect to recover about 800,000 carats per year
- 1912 - We acquire the mine from the Voorspoed Diamond Mining Company who were unable to mine its hard kimberlite
- 1960s and 1970s - Sampling programmes are undertaken
- 2006 - We enter a BBBEE transaction with Ponahalo Holdings Ltd
- 2006-2008 - During the 18 to 24 months we spend establishing the mine, we generate more than R70 million for the region in locally procured small works, services and products as well as temporary employment
- 2008 - We develop and begin implementation of an environmental, rehabilitation and closure plan before the first diamond is recovered
Operations at Voorspoed are likely to run between 12 and 16 years and reach a depth of 360 to 420 metres. Our enviromental and social investment programme is already ensuring this mines legacy for the community.
We expect to recover about 800,000 carats per year, or more than 10 million carats over the life of the mine. Our activities at Voorspoed, licenced until October 2023, should generate more than R1 billion for the Free State region in salaries, services and locally procured products.
All processing operations are carried out at our onsite facility
At least 25% of the technical and mining jobs are held by women and 36% of the total mine complement is female