Motapa Diamonds Inc.
TSX VENTURE : MTP

Motapa Diamonds Inc.

January 25, 2006 14:27 ET

Motapa Diamonds Inc.: Dr. John Gurney Awarded the Hugo Dummett Diamond Award

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 25, 2006) - Motapa Diamonds Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MTP) is pleased to announce that its Chairman, Dr. John Gurney, has been honoured as the first recipient of the Hugo Dummett Diamond Award. This award is presented by the Board of Directors for the British Columbia and Yukon Chamber of Mines, on behalf of its membership and recognizes excellence in diamond exploration and development.

Dr. Gurney is being honoured by his peers for his research on indicator mineral chemistry, which greatly facilitated diamond exploration. This award follows the recent recognition granted Dr. Gurney by the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) which awarded its Silver Medal to Dr. Gurney for his outstanding contribution to diamond exploration.

Dr. Gurney and his team have continued to develop these techniques and their practical application to Motapa's diamond projects and programs. Motapa's CEO, Dr. Larry Ott stated, "this award demonstrates once again that our shareholders can be confident that all of our efforts are backed by the highest caliber of technical expertise available in the world today."

Motapa is among the leading diamond explorers in Africa and has interests in excess of 11 million hectares of diamond prospective properties located in Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Gabon and Mozambique, and interests in over 396,000 hectares of uranium and gold prospective properties, located in Gabon. Motapa and its partners have spent over US$4.2m to advance these projects in the current fiscal year.

On behalf of the Board

MOTAPA DIAMONDS INC.

Dr. Larry Ott, Chief Executive Officer

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