Motapa Diamonds Inc.
TSX VENTURE : MTP

Motapa Diamonds Inc.

December 11, 2006 09:00 ET

Motapa Provides Mothae Kimberlite Project Update

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 11, 2006) - Motapa Diamonds Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MTP) is pleased to provide the following update on its 100% owned diamondiferous Mothae kimberlite. The company received exclusive prospecting rights in June, 2006 covering an area of 25 squared km, located in north-eastern Lesotho, 6.5 km to the north-west of the Letseng diamond mine.

A five km road leading directly to the Mothae kimberlite has been upgraded to provide year-round access to the site for equipment and material for plant construction and kimberlite excavation.

During September and October, ground magnetic, electromagnetic and gravimetric surveys were completed over the Mothae kimberlite. The geophysical data obtained clearly defined the outline of the kimberlite, confirmed the initial estimates of the surface area as being approximately eight hectares and provided an initial indication of internal phase variability (as referenced on Motapa's website; www.motapadiamonds.com).

A 30m x 30m grid of pits has been excavated to a depth of approximately 3 meters over the pipe to map and sample kimberlite phase variability and determine the nature and thickness of overburden. Initial investigation of material excavated from these pits supports the geophysical-defined outline of the pipe and indicates the probable presence of at least four different kimberlite types. These appear to correlate with independently determined geophysically distinct zones. Samples from each of the 46 pits that intersected kimberlite have been submitted to Mineral Services Laboratories for indicator mineral, petrographic and geochemical analysis. Overburden material varies between 2 and 8 meters.

The Company commissioned Amathemba Environmental Management Consulting to undertake an environmental baseline study of the Mothae site. Work has now been completed and a final report is expected shortly.

Motapa also has retained the services of a consulting mining engineer, Mr. John Miles (C.Eng MIMMM) to advise on a suitable approach for the excavation of a large bulk sample from the kimberlite, for disposal of overburden waste material and design of a tailings dam to accommodate the fine-grained waste material from the processing plant. The work began in October and a final proposal is expected shortly.

The company has received two tenders for the construction and operation of a diamond recovery plant to treat the planned bulk sample from Mothae. These have been specifically designed to allow for recovery of large diamonds and involve dense media separation (DMS) to provide a heavy mineral concentrate and diamond recovery by a combination of X-ray sorting and grease-table. These tenders are currently being reviewed and a final work planning is underway to determine the size of the sample that will be taken initially.

Motapa's CEO, Dr. Larry Ott, noted, "We are pleased with progress to date on the Mothae project. The combination of ground geophysical results and pit mapping has both confirmed the indicated size of Mothae and has defined distinct kimberlite phases within the pipe. This information, together with pending analytical results, will be used to refine planned sampling work to gain a better assessment of variation in diamond grade within the pipe."

Dr. Tom Nowicki of Mineral Services Canada, a qualified person in terms of NI 43-101, is overseeing the Mothae technical program.

Motapa is among the leading diamond explorers in Africa and has interests in approximately 9 million hectares of diamond prospective properties located in Botswana, Gabon, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. The Company also holds licenses to explore for gold, uranium and manganese in Gabon.

On behalf of the Board

MOTAPA DIAMONDS INC.

Dr. Larry Ott, Chief Executive Officer

This news release may contain assumptions, estimates, and other forward-looking statements regarding future events. Such forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties and are subject to factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control that may cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.


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