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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — 11 MARCH 2024 — Southstone Minerals Limited (“Southstone” or the “Company”) (TSX.V – SML) is pleased to provide an update of diamond sales, mining and diamond production at the Company’s majority owned Oena Diamond Mine (“Oena”), Republic of South Africa for the period 1 December 2023 to 29 February 2024 (“Q2 2024”).

During Q2 2024 mining was initially focused on Sandberg Section (Map 1) where a double sixteen-foot pan is in operation and continues to operate. A double eighteen-foot pan plant was mobilized in January 2024 to Oena Section, was recently commissioned and is now in operation. Three dozers, four excavators, five dumpers and four loaders plus all other supporting mining equipment is now in operation at two separate mining locations at Oena. An onsite Bourevestnik X-Ray Unit (“BVX”) and flow sort are currently operating and processing material from both Sandberg and Oena with operations running continuously.

During Q2 2024 two diamond tenders were held at tender house CS Diamonds (Pty) Ltd for mine diamond production to a cutoff date of 24 January 2024. A total of 200.36 carats were sold by African Star Minerals (Pty) Limited (“African Star”), the Company’s South African subsidiary, with an average price per carat of USD $2,307 per carat (Table 1). One special of 30.25 carats was produced and sold with a price of USD $8,850 per carat and several other notable stones are listed in (Table 2 and Photo 1 and 2 below).

Mining location African Star Tender No.

CS Diamonds Tender No.

Sale Date

Carats sold Gross revenue (USD) Price per carat (USD)
Q2 2024 Sandberg


Tender 8

CS Diamonds Tender CS251

25 January 2024


(60 diamonds)

$416,200 $3,298
Q2 2024 Sandberg


Tender 9

CS Diamonds Tender CS252

29 February 2024


(50 diamonds)

$46,041 $621
Total sales     200.36 $462,242 $2,307


Table 1: Q2 2024 Diamond Sales

Diamond Mining location Weight sold (carats) Gross revenue (USD) Price per carat


1 Sandberg Section 30.25 $267,712 $8,850
2 Sandberg Section 9.45 $47,874 $5,066
3 Sandberg Section 6.81 $18,081 $2,529
4 Sandberg Section 6.51 $41,423 $6,373

Table 2: Notable Diamonds Sold

 Southstone manages Oena and is responsible for diamond sales, operational and mining consultation with the contractor, mining license reporting requirements and security. The Company maintains a management and security team in South Africa including the CEO of African Star and the Oena Operational Site Manager. The Company’s Executive Chairman, with external geological support, provides operational support for internal reporting of Oena activities and provide geological and technical support to the operations team and contractors.

The Company provides monthly updates on its YouTube channel with recent photos and videos from Oena.

Southtstone Minerals Limited – YouTube Channel

The Company reports that Mr. Samer Khalaf has resigned as a director effective 11 March 2024 for personal reasons and the Company wishes him well in the future. The Company welcomes Donna Moroney, who will be rejoining the Board of Directors of the Company effective 11 March 2024.

The technical disclosure in this news release has been approved by Terry L. Tucker, P.Geo., Executive Chairman of the Company and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators.



Terry L. Tucker, P.Geo.

Executive Chairman

For additional information, please contact Terry L. Tucker at  info@southstoneminerals.com

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Map 1 – Location of Mining Sections and Mining License Boundary, Oena Diamond Mine.

Photo 1 – 30.25 Carat “Special” – price of USD $8,850 per carat.

Photo 2 – 30.25 Carat “Special” – price of USD $8,850 per carat.