VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — 31 October 2019 – Southstone Minerals Limited (“Southstone” or the “Company”) (TSX.V – SML) is pleased to provide an operational and production update for the Oena Diamond Mine (“Oena”). During the production period, 8 August to 16 October 2019, a total of 742 carats were produced, placed on tender and sold with an average price of US1,495 per carat (USD $1,110,164 in sales).
Southstone maintains its strategic focus on its diamond operations, in particular the Company’s flagship asset the Oena Diamond Mine, located in the Northern Cape, South Africa, which produces very high-quality diamonds. There are currently two mining contractors on site operating eight (8) pan plants which process both run of mine (“ROM”) and pan tailings and bantam material (“Tailings”) and one Bourevestnik (“BVX”) unit is used for diamond recovery.
The two mining contractors continue their activities at Oena as per a Contract Mining and Diamond Recovery Agreement (see news releases dated 2 May 2018, 10 October 2018 and 16 November 2017) and a Joint Operating Agreement (see news release date 17 June 2019).
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
SOUTHSTONE MINERALS LIMITED
Mr. Samer Khalaf
Chief Executive Officer
Southstone Minerals Limited
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Certain information set forth in this news release contains “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” under applicable securities laws. Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements, which include management’s assessment of future plans and operations and are based on current internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs, which may prove to be incorrect. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “forecasts”, estimates”, “expects” “anticipates”, “believes”, “projects”, “plans”, “outlook”, “capacity” and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and undue reliance should not be placed on them.
Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause the Company’s actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to statements with respect to the estimation of mineral resources; the realization of mineral resource estimates; anticipated future production, capital and operating costs; cash flows and mine life; potential size of a mineralized zone; potential expansion of mineralization; potential types of mining operations; permitting timelines; government regulation of exploration and mining operations; risks that the presence of diamond deposits mentioned nearby the Company’s property are not indicative of the diamond mineralization on the Company’s property, the supply and demand for, deliveries of and the level and volatility of prices of rough diamonds, risks that the actual revenues will be less than projected; risks that the target production for the existing mining contracts will be less than projected or expected; risks that production will not commence as projected due to delay or inability to receive governmental approval of the Company’s acquisition or the timely completion of an NI43-101 report; technical problems; inability of management to secure sales or third party purchase contracts; currency and interest rate fluctuations; foreign exchange fluctuations and foreign operations; various events which could disrupt operations, including labor stoppages and severe weather conditions; and management’s ability to anticipate and manage the foregoing factors and risks.
The forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release are based on certain assumptions regarding, among other things, future prices for coal and diamonds; future currency and exchange rates; the Company’s ability to generate sufficient cash flow from operations and access capital markets to meet its future obligations; coal consumption levels; and the Company’s ability to retain qualified staff and equipment in a cost-efficient manner to meet its demand. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release unless required by law. The statements as to the Company’s capacity to achieve revenue are no assurance that it will achieve these levels of revenue.