KAO Mine Fancy Pink Diamonds

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Storm Mountain Diamonds (Pty) Ltd ('SMD') operates a kimberlite diamond mine at Kao, Lesotho.

The kimberlite pipe is the largest in Lesotho and the fourth largest in Southern Africa. SMD is jointly owned by Namakwa Diamonds Limited and the Lesotho Government.

We employ 700 + people and have contributed M700 million to government fiscus through taxes.

  • SMD’s success is one of the unique memoirs in the history of diamond mining in Lesotho Our success is one of the unique memoirs in the history of diamond mining in Lesotho
  • The largest kimberlite pipe in Lesotho The largest kimberlite pipe in Lesotho and fourth largest in Southern Africa
  • Situated in beautiful Butha Buthe Lesotho Situated in the beautiful Butha Buthe District, Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Engaging, Collaborating & Supporting our community Engaging, collaborating & supporting our community
  • Our pink diamonds have made history Our Kao mine has become a primary producer of fancy pink diamonds

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August 2021

Visiting the Sekiring Porenki Villagers

The community of Tiping was relocated in November 2020 to their new homes in Sekiring Porenki by Storm Mountain Diamonds Kao Mine to preserve their livelihoods.

The community has settled in well at Porenki village with their standards of living improved. They have improved housing, improved sanitation with tapped water points and toilets, access roads leading to their homes and solar electricity. The mine has also set up income generating projects for them to sustain their livelihoods.

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