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Presentation Update 100106

  1. 1. Afri-Can Marine Minerals Corp A Hidden Gem Diamonds from second sampling, Block J, Namibia
  2. 2. An advanced Exploration Company developing large deposits of high-gem quality diamonds off the Namibian coast
  3. 3. Disclaimers Certain information presented herein constitutes "forward-looking statements," as identified in the Afri-Can's periodic filings with Canadian Securities Regulators that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Although Afri-Can has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Afri-Can disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
  4. 4. Highlights - Afri-Can is a Canadian company, actively involved in the acquisition, exploration and development of major mineral properties in Namibia. - Afri-Can’s creative and scientific approach targets large marine diamond deposits in unexplored prospective territories. - Our business strategy is based on our strong and highly experienced geological and management team and strategic partnerships with people who share our vision of development. - Afri-Can’s shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and on the Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol AFA.
  5. 5. Highlights • Since 2000, Afri-Can has invested in excess of US $6 million on Block J’s marine diamonds exploration. • The investment led to the discovery of four large marine diamond deposits. Delineation of the resource is underway in Block J. These are similar to other major deposits that produce in excess of 1 million carats a year. • Afri-Can successfully completed Phase 1 of its Resource Delineation Program by completing three geophysical surveys and two sampling programs. • Afri-Can is the first Company to discover and delineate marine diamond deposits at the same water depths (100 m to 125m deep) as the renowned “Atlantic One” deposit of Namdeb (joint venture between De Beers and the Government of Namibia),
  6. 6. Highlights • First Sampling Programme: 337 samples of 2.16 sq. m. each, recovered 23 diamonds totalling 4.65 carats, the largest stone being 0.64 carats. All of the diamonds recovered were of gem quality. • Second Sampling Programme on Feature 8: 25 samples of 10 sq. m. each, recovered 84 diamonds totalling 11.04 carats, the largest stone being 0.49 carats. All of the diamonds recovered were of gem quality. • The latest programmes consisted of a geophysical survey totalling 1353 line- kilometers, and the extraction of 39 vibracore samples of 100 mm diameter. • The interpretation of the results of the above first phase work has enabled the finalisation of the details of the second phase of the program, which will essentially be bulk sampling, with about 330 large samples, each of 5 square meters. • The aim of the complete program is to delineate diamond resources on Block J in compliance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101.
  7. 7. Highlights The most recent 43-101 has estimated a potential mineral content at between 0.7 million and 1.8 million carats on an area covering approximately 12.3 square kilometres. The average grade of the samples within the target zone was 0.053 carats per square metre,and the average of the best 20% (used to compensate for inadequate sampler performance) was 0.146 carats per square metre. The remaining targets on Block J cannot be assessed at the moment due to inadequate sampling. Their total area is about 15.3 square kilometres Statements of potential quantity are conceptual in nature. There has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the target being delineated as a mineral resource. Mr. Richard W. Foster is the designated Qualified Person. Mr. Foster has 43 years of postgraduate experience in exploration geology and specifically in marine diamonds. His experience includes marine geophysics, marine exploration and sampling, resource sampling and estimation and resource management. He is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and thus meets all the requirements of a Qualified Person in terms of NI 43-101.
  8. 8. Highlights • Afri-Can’s Chief Geologist, Mr. Dick Foster, worked for De Beers Marine for 32 years, where he was instrumental in the discovery, off the coast of Namibia, of the largest marine diamond deposit ever delineated: the “Atlantic One” deposit (declared resources of 8 million carats). • Mr. Foster is heading a team of 3 other renowned geologists. The total marine experience of the team amounts to more than 120 years. • Board of Directors and Management consist of reputable and experienced individuals. • Working in Namibia since 1997, the corporation is well established in the Namibian community.
  9. 9. Investment facts Afri-Can offers a strong added value potential based on the following facts: - Block J geology is comparable to the largest marine diamond deposits ever discovered. - Great potential to develop world class resources. - Seasoned and renowned technical Management team. - Experienced and renowned Management and Board of Directors. - Project development in a politically and economically stable Country. - Strong local partnerships.
  10. 10. Namibia in numbers • 825,000 sq. km • Population: 1.8 million • Politically stable: Presidential regime • Well-administered and transparent mining policies • Mining accounts for: 13% of GDP, 80% of export • Diamond mining is by far the most important sector of the ecomomy • 95% of Namibia’s marine diamond production is of gem quality with the world’s highest price per carat
  11. 11. Why Namibian marine diamonds ? • Geologists estimate the total offshore potential in excess of 2 billion carats. • Highest gem quality content in the world at 95%. • De Beers Marine production growing at a constant pace: – 2002: 505,000 carats – 2006: 1,018,000 carats – 2008: 1,039,000 carats Diamonds from second sampling, Block J, Namibia
  12. 12. Namibian Marine Diamonds Pricing $300 Historical average $280 Historical Prices Rough Diamond annual price + 3.0 % $260 Rough Diamond annual price + 2.0 % $240 Historical Trendline $220 Price per Ct $200 $180 $160 $140 $120 $100 12/31/98 12/31/99 12/31/00 12/31/01 12/31/02 12/31/03 12/31/04 12/31/05 12/31/06 12/31/07 12/31/08 12/31/09 12/31/10 12/31/11 12/31/12 12/31/13 12/31/14 12/31/15
  13. 13. Namibian marine leases and production figures 
  14. 14. At the end of the Cretaceous period, there was major continental uplift  The kimberlites were eroded, releasing diamonds, which were carried down the westerly drainage systems.  It has been estimated by De Beers geologists that, in the Kimberley region, the upper 1 500 metres of the pipes were removed.  It is estimated that about 2 billion carats reached the southern African West Coast.
  15. 15. The “Luderitz River” flowing into Block J Showing the basement surface at end-Cretaceous, with all later sediment removed
  16. 16. Early Tertiary diamond influx  The diamonds were carried down the westerly drainages and reached the coast during the Eocene period (65-34 Ma) in the early Tertiary.  Sea level was high (+150m) during the Eocene, and the diamonds were deposited on the area of the present coastal plain.
  17. 17. Oligocene low sea levels  During the Oligocene period (34–23 Ma), sea level was below present (-150m?).  The diamondiferous Eocene sediments were eroded, and the liberated diamonds were flushed onto the present continental shelf area.  Block J was in a favourable position in the path of the “Luderitz River”.
  18. 18. Miocene rising sea level  During the early Miocene (23-15 Ma) the sea level gradually rose from the Oligocene low levels.  The diamonds were carried up-slope from the Oligocene sediments, and were deposited in basal Miocene sediments on the “Oligocene unconformity”.  The basal Miocene sediments on this unconformity are a prime target for West Coast exploration geologists.  Along most of the West Coast they are buried, but are extensively exposed in Block J.
  19. 19. Block J during the Ice Age  For the last 2.5 million years, there was glaciation in the northern hemisphere.  During that time there were many world-wide fluctuations of sea level.  The fluctuations had important effects on the diamond mineralisation of Block J.
  20. 20. Sea level during the past 1.2 M years
  21. 21. Ice Age sediments in Block J  Sediments dating from high sea levels during the last interglacial, about 100 000 years ago, occur in Block J, but they are of no economic interest.  Terrestrial sediments formed during low sea levels have been shown by sampling to contain many diamonds when they are adjacent to basal Miocene outcrops.
  22. 22. Sea level during the past 140,000 years
  23. 23. The last sea level rise  About 21,000 years ago, as the ice sheets melted for the last time, sea level began to rise from the last low level about 125 metres below present.  As the coastline advanced across Block J, it halted for 1,000 years or so at some elevations, forming beaches and surf zones, with local diamond concentrations.  The sea reached its present level about 7,000 years ago.
  24. 24. Sea level during the past 22,000 years
  25. 25. Part of a vibracore showing beach gravel
  26. 26. The way forward  Afri-Can has recently finalized the details of the layout of its up-coming quantitative sampling program.  The objective of the sampling program will be to establish mineralised resources, in accordance with the National Instrument 43-101, in four defined deposits and to conduct trial mining over identified areas.  The main four target areas with proven mineralization will be sampled at a cost of approximately US $1.8 million.  The program for the main four targets is designed to extract 332 samples of 5 sq. m each.
  27. 27. The way forward The vessel chartered for the sampling program: “The Explorer”  full digital positioning II  length: 104.85 meters  gross tonnage: 6,757 tonnes  5 sq. metre sampling airlift drill system  sampling down to a water depth of 250 m and through 12 m of overburden  21 samples per day  treatment plant: DMS 20 tph
  28. 28. The way forward “The Explorer” design layout
  29. 29. The way forward “The Explorer” being fitted out in Cape Town harbour , May 2009
  30. 30. The way forward The 170 tons 5m² sampler on the deck of “The Explorer”. May 2009.
  31. 31. The way forward Cutting teeth inside the face of the sampler. May 2009.
  32. 32. The way forward A concrete test block, showing the effect of the cutting teeth. May 2009.
  33. 33. The way forward The sample processing plant. May 2009.
  34. 34. The way forward The glove box system used for sorting the diamonds from the samples.
  35. 35. Board of directors  Michael J. Brown, Chairman. Founder and President of Capital Markets Advisory and a 30-year veteran of mining finance and analysis. Previously, Mr. Brown held positions with Macquarie Bank of Australia, as President and CEO of Macquarie North America, and as Vice Chairman. Prior to that, he was a Managing Partner of Investment Banking with Gordon Capital Corporation in Toronto, and was a mining analyst and Managing Director of Research with Deutsche Bank. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Professional Engineer, and holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He is a director of Crystallex International Corporation and Queenston Mining Inc., and has served as a Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange.  Pierre Léveillé, President, CEO Mr. Léveillé has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets and the resources industry. He has served as President, CEO and Director of the corporation since 1994. He has 12 years of experience in developing exploration projects exclusively in Africa. His leadership has transformed the corporation into a marine diamond exploration company of importance. Prior to joining Afri-Can, he spent over eight years in the financial markets as a stockbroker and corporate finance advisor with Levesque, Beaubien, Geoffrion inc. and Investpro Securities Inc.
  36. 36. Board of directors  Bernard J.Tourillon, Executive V.P. and CFO. Mr. Tourillon, B.A.A.; MBA joined Afri- Can in 1994 as Executive Vice President and CFO. With Mr. Léveillé, he has been instrumental in transforming the Corporation into a significant participant in the marine diamond exploration industry. He has 18 years of experience in international finance, manufacturing and brokerage.  Michael Nicolai. Mr. Nicolai, B.A., University of Cape Town, has 30 years of experience in international banking, venture capital and investment management. He is presently a consultant with international investment and consulting firm Brockhouse & Cooper Inc. located in Montreal, Quebec.
  37. 37. Board of directors  Howard Messias. Mr. Messias, B. Comm B. ACC, CA (Canada and South Africa) has over 17 years of business experience and is a registered Principal Officer with the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD) and the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA). He is presently Chief Financial & Compliance Officer of Brockhouse & Cooper Inc., an international investment dealing and consulting firm located in Montreal, Quebec.  Marcel Drapeau, Secretary. Mr. Drapeau, Sc. Comm., LL.L. is an accountant and a lawyer, based in Montreal. He has practiced commercial and corporate law for over 25 years, during which time he served as director of numerous companies and acted as a business consultant in various corporate dealings. Mr. Drapeau joined Afri-Can in 1997 and is currently Secretary of the corporation.
  38. 38. Management  Pierre Léveillé, President and CEO  Bernard J.Tourillon, Executive Vice President & CFO  Marcel Drapeau, Secretary  R.W. (Dick) Foster, Resource Development Manager. Mr. Foster is a geologist who holds a BSC. Geology (Hons) from Imperial College of the University of London and has extensive experience in the marine diamond industry. Mr. Foster worked for De Beers for 32 years before retiring in 1996. At De Beers Marine, he held the position of Geological Manager for 11 years and he was involved extensively in the management of exploration and mining programs. He led the teams that discovered major diamond deposits on the mid-continental shelves off South Africa and Namibia. Since 1996, Mr. Foster has been active in providing geological consulting and exploration management services.
  39. 39. Resource development technical team  R.W. (Dick) Foster. BSc (London), ARCS, Pr Sci Nat.  L.S. (Len) Gardner. BSc (Rhodes), Pr Sci Nat. Len worked for De Beers Marine for 18 years and then for several companies specialising in marine, land and satellite geographical data analysis. Subsequently, he became an independent consultant, specialising in data management, GIS, and spatial data systems.  M.A.F. (Mike) Mittelmeyer. BSc (Cape Town), Pr Sci Nat. Mike worked for alluvial diamond companies for 8 years before joining De Beers Marine in 1988. He left De Beers Marine to become an independent consultant in 1996. Mike is a specialist in marine geophysics and sampling systems and data interpretation.  J. (John) Pether. BSc (Cape Town), MSc (Cape Town), Pr Sci Nat. John has been active in the marine geological field since 1980. He worked for the South African Museum until 1996, when he joined De Beers Marine. Since 2004 John has been an independent consultant specialising in sedimentology, stratigraphy and paleontology with a focus on paleo-environmental interpretation.  The total marine experience of the team amounts to more than 120 years.
  40. 40. Stock information 19/06/2009 Year high: $ 0.21 Year low: $ 0.06 Daily average volume: 200,000 Shares outstanding: 163 M Fully diluted: 193 M Market Cap: $ 28 M
  41. 41. Investment facts Summary Afri-Can offers a strong added value potential based on the following facts: - Block J geology is comparable to the largest marine diamond deposits ever discovered. - Great potential to develop world class resources. - Seasoned and renowned technical Management team. - Experienced and renowned Management and Board of Directors. - Project development in a politically and economically stable Country. - Strong local partnerships.
  42. 42. Corporate information 10/04/08 Head office and Corporate office: Auditors – Canada: 4444 Ste-Catherine St. W., Suite 201 Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Montreal, QC Canada, H3Z 1R2 Montreal Tel: (514) 846-2133 Auditors - Namibia: Fax: (514) 846-1435 Swart Grant Angula, Windhoek, Namibia E-mail: Web site: Bankers - Canada: HSBC (Canada) Corporate office - Namibia: P.O. Box 22978 Bankers - Namibia: Fist National Bank Namibia Windhoek, Namibia Windhoek, Namibia Tel: + 264-(0)-61- 306-113 Fax: + 264-(0)-61- 306-114 Trading symbol: Canada: TSX Venture: AFA Legal counsel - Canada: Frankfurt (XETRA) AJF Lavery de Billy, Montreal, Quebec Shares outstanding: 163 843 234 SEC 12g3-2(b) exemption: file no. 82-3329 Transfer agent: Computershare, Montreal, Quebec London, U.K.
  43. 43. “YA TOIVO” Possible Block J mining vessel
  44. 44. Ya Toivo in Table Bay, Cape Town.
  45. 45. Ya Toivo in drydock, Cape Town harbour, June 2009.
  46. 46. Ya Toivo in drydock, Cape Town harbour, June 2009.
  47. 47. Seabed crawler on Ya Toivo. Cape Town, June 2009.
  48. 48. Seabed crawler suction nozzle, Ya Toivo. Cape Town, June 2009.