Motapa Diamonds Inc.

Motapa Diamonds Inc.

March 07, 2005 09:49 ET

Motapa Announces Recovery of Diamond Inclusion Indicators in Gabon


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FOR: MOTAPA DIAMONDS INC.

TSX VENTURE SYMBOL: MTP

MARCH 7, 2005 - 09:49 ET

Motapa Announces Recovery of Diamond Inclusion
Indicators in Gabon

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2005) - Motapa Diamonds
Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MTP) reports the first conclusive evidence of the
presence of diamond bearing kimberlite within the Lebiri permit area,
Gabon.

As reported in Motapa's March 3, 2005 news release, reconnaissance and
follow-up stream sediment samples collected in 2004 yielded abundant
high interest chromite grains. These follow-up samples were positioned
to further delineate confirmed kimberlitic chromite recoveries from
prior sampling programs.

Electron probe analysis of the new chromite recoveries is in progress
and initial results are providing the first conclusive evidence of the
presence of diamond bearing kimberlite within the Lebiri permit area.

Due to strong chemical weathering profiles in Gabon's tropical climate,
kimberlite minerals such as pyrope garnet and chrome diopside do not
survive well in soils and streams. Chromite and ilmenite are therefore
the primary pathfinder minerals in this environment.

Chromite and ilmenite recoveries from previous samples had indicated the
presence of kimberlite in certain areas of the Lebiri permit. Follow-up
work has not only confirmed these results, but has provided strong
evidence that the source kimberlite is also diamond bearing.

In commenting on the chemical analyses of chromite recoveries, Motapa
Chairman, Dr. John Gurney noted "these results include kimberlite
phenocryst compositions together with diamond indicator chromites and
for the first time show that we undoubtedly have excellent diamond
potential on this property".

Follow-up work planned for 2005 includes high-resolution airborne
magnetic surveys encompassing these apparent diamond-bearing kimberlite
districts within the Lebiri Permit area.



On behalf of the Board
MOTAPA DIAMONDS INC.

/s/ "Larry Ott"
Dr. Larry Ott
Chief Executive Officer


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    Dr. Larry Ott
    Chief Executive Officer
    (970) 533-7984 or 27-21-531-0422
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