Rockwell Responds to Allegations That Pala Denied Right to Vote at AGM



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - Rockwell Diamonds Inc. ("Rockwell" or the
"Company") (TSX: RDI; JSE: RDI; OTCBB: RDIAF) responds to the announcement by
Pala Investments Holdings Limited ("Pala") that Pala was denied the right to
vote its common shares of Rockwell at the Company's annual general meeting
(the "AGM") held September 15, 2008 in London.
    To vote at the AGM, as is the case at all annual meetings of public
companies, a shareholder was required to either be a registered shareholder or
properly instruct their broker or financial intermediary to vote at the AGM.
Pala is not a registered shareholder of the Company and therefore was required
to either deposit a proxy within the appropriate timeframes or deliver a
letter from a registered shareholder appointing Pala as its authorized
representative at the AGM. Contrary to its press release, Pala did not meet
these requirements. According to the voting report prepared by the Company's
transfer agent, Computershare, Pala neither deposited a valid proxy nor
delivered a letter on behalf of a registered shareholder appointing Pala its
authorized representative.
    The Chair of the AGM carefully considered the request of Pala to vote at
the AGM and adjourned the meeting to examine, with the assistance of
independent counsel and the independent scrutineer appointed at the AGM, the
shareholder register of the Company and the report of proxies validly
deposited with the Company. The Chair ruled that Pala had not met the
requirements to vote at the meeting. Before ruling, the Chair allowed Pala and
its counsel time to examine the shareholder register with a representative of
Computershare and to make further submissions regarding its failure to adhere
to the stated voting procedures. The Company notes that certain other
shareholders, some of whom wished to cast sizeable votes in favour of the
motions before the meeting, were not allowed to vote at the AGM as they also
failed to comply with the applicable voting requirements.
    For further details on Rockwell Diamonds Inc., please visit the Company's
website at www.rockwelldiamonds.com.

    
    John Bristow
    President and CEO

    No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information
    contained in this news release.
    

    Forward Looking Statements

    This release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements". Other than statements of historical fact all
statements in this release that address future production, reserve or resource
potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or
developments that the Company expects are forward-looking statements. Although
the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking
statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not
guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking
statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes,
changes in and the effect of government policies regarding mining and natural
resource exploration and exploitation, availability of capital and financing,
geopolitical uncertainty and political and economic instability, and general
economic, and market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any
such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual
results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the
forward-looking statements. For more information on Rockwell, Investors should
review Rockwell's annual Form 20-F filing with the United States Securities
and Exchange Commission www.sec.com and its home jurisdiction filings that are
available at www.sedar.com.





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