Motapa Diamonds Inc.

Motapa Diamonds Inc.

October 12, 2005 11:15 ET

Motapa Completes Drilling Program in Kavango, Namibia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2005) - Motapa Diamonds Inc (TSX VENTURE:MTP) announced today that it has completed its planned 2005 drill program on the Kavango project in north eastern Namibia.

The core drilling program, initiated in April 2005, tested 29 airborne magnetic targets across the Kavango and Kaudom license groups for a total of 4,150 meters. One new kimberlite was intersected, bringing the total number of kimberlite bodies discovered on the Kavango project to eight. A single drill hole into target KD92, a prominent magnetic anomaly within the Kaudom South kimberlite cluster, intercepted a 50 meter zone of kimberlite breccia from 9 meters to 59 meters down hole. The drill hole was terminated in Damara quartzite at a depth of 76 meters. Kimberlite core samples have been submitted for analysis to determine the diamond potential of this new discovery.

Motapa's CEO, Dr. Larry Ott, commented that "the drill program has produced a wealth of geologic data across most of our 2.1 million hectare project area to add to our information base for use in planning additional exploration work. We are disappointed with only one new discovery but believe that the additional geologic and geochemical information from this drill program will significantly enhance the effectiveness of future discovery drilling at Kavango." Dr. Ott confirmed that "the Kaudom South kimberlite cluster discovered by Motapa remained the closest known kimberlite bodies to the highly prospective Omatako diamond and kimberlite indicator mineral anomaly and that the potential for additional discoveries both within this group of pipes and elsewhere on this extensive project area remains very good."

Motapa is among the leading diamond explorers in Africa and has interests in over 13 million hectares (approximately 32 million acres) of diamond prospective properties located in Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Gabon and Mozambique. Motapa and its partners will spend over US$4.2m to advance these projects in the current fiscal year.

Motapa's Chairman, Dr. John Gurney, is one of the world's leading authorities in the field of geochemical exploration for diamondiferous kimberlites and has been associated with successful diamond exploration programs around the world, including the discovery of the kimberlites that comprise the Ekati™ diamond mine.

Motapa's diamond exploration programs are conducted under the direction of Dr. Larry Ott, a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.

On behalf of the Board


Dr. Larry Ott, Chief Executive Officer

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