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African Diamonds notified of De Beers reducing stake to 4.5 pct from 5.8 pct

African Diamonds PLC (AIM: AFD)  said it has today received  notification sent by letter, dated 8 March 2010, to its Dublin office that on 4 March 2010, De Beers SA reduced its holding in the company resulting in the crossing of a threshold of greater than 1 percent.

Its holding in African Diamonds is now reduced to 4.5 percent from 5.8 percent.

African Diamond’s AK6 project in Orapa, Botswana, is being developed through a joint venture between African Diamonds and Lucara Diamond Corp (TSX-V: LUC), an associate of Lundin Group. African Diamonds currently has a 30% interest in the project and Lucara owns the remaining 70%.

Last month, African Diamonds received the latest valuation of diamonds from its AK6 mine in Botswana, and at US$162 a carat, the valuation exceeded the company’s previous projections. Furthermore the valuation is US$23 per carat higher than prices used in the current AK6 development studies. The new valuation also indicates the possibility of a US$200 per carat value at production.

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