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EXPOPEDIA2018 Lime Acres, Northern Cape Venue: Lime Acres Rugby Club Date: 15 June 2018 Time: 13:00 to 17:00 The historic Big Hole in Kimberley. ‘Evaporating gravestones’ near Daniëlskuil was the first clue to the rich limestone deposits found at what was to become the mining village of Lime Acres in the Northern Cape. Geologist, Digby Roberts, heard these and other stories about businessmen who had been disappointed to find that the stone they quarried developed brown stains when exposed to the air. What they suspected to be inferior quality dolomite, Roberts recognised as primary limestone. In 1954, the first kilns of what is now known as PPC Lime came into operation. Lime Acres is also home to the Finsch Diamond mine, one of seven operations managed by De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM). Discovered in 1961 during exploration for asbestos, the deposit was first developed as an open pit but has operated as an underground mine since 1991. In January 2011, De Beers sold the Finsch mine to Petra Diamonds for USD200-million and Petra plans to produce two million carats a year from the current R֖Ɩ6&G2'#FR7&V6R&GV7Fv&P76&RF&VvFƖw2BVFW&w&VB&GV7Ff662RbFRv&N( 26vf6BFB֖W2@6WFg&6( 26V6B&vW7BW&FfvrFR&VW'>( fVWF֖Rf66&GV6W'2&vR7V6FG2@VW&W27FW2vF&RFS6&G2wwrFVW26WVFf66֖R( 2FBFR&VvW&Ff&FRbW&Ff66FB֖PGvƖP2ƖPGRbW&FVFW&w&V@V67@V67@vW"bW&FWG&FG0GvGW7G&Fw00f6F'0( f66FB֖P( 2ƖP( GvƖPW&F'26VB6VFR6W2FB7WǐWVVB"&GV7G2FFRFB֖rGW7G'֖W2"FB7WǒWVVB"&GV7G2FB6&PW6VBFRFG2&6W72&W&W26WFg&6( 0&vFBFv6b^( &RffVBF@'W6W72F22FRWf"R#p