Alluvial Diamond Mining Expert Wants Changes to Rockwell Board

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 10 /CNW/ - Hennie Van Wyk, the former
owner and operator of the majority of the assets of Rockwell Diamonds Inc.
("Rockwell", TSX: RDI, JSE: RDI, OTCBB: RDIAF), and a holder of approximately
4.3% of Rockwell, today commented on Pala Investments Holdings' proposed slate
of directors for Rockwell.
    "As a shareholder of Rockwell, I have grave concerns about the current
mismanagement of the company I helped create. I left Rockwell because of
management's inability, under the leadership of the current CEO, to develop a
cohesive mine plan and their general struggle to grasp basic alluvial
diamond-mining operational concepts," said Mr. Van Wyk. "Pala has put forward
a board of directors, including me, that possesses the alluvial
diamond-mining, South African, management and financial experience necessary
to turn Rockwell around. In addition, I note that the proposed slate of
directors enjoys the full support of Rockwell's black economic empowerment
partner. As anyone who understands South Africa knows, this is an essential
component for success in this country. I look forward to working with the new
board to create value for all shareholders, including myself."
    Hennie Van Wyk has agreed to join the board in order to take an active
role in Rockwell's near-term restructuring by applying his expansive
operational expertise and knowledge of Rockwell's particular assets to the
challenges facing Rockwell. Mr. Van Wyk has over 15 years of experience in the
South African alluvial diamond mining industry. He is one of the most renowned
and innovative forces in South African alluvial diamond mining, having spent
his whole career in the alluvial terraces of the Middle Orange and Vaal
Rivers. Mr. Van Wyk has an unparalleled knowledge of all Rockwell's mining
operations and processing plant, having founded HC Van Wyk Diamonds in 1994,
which successfully owned and operated the Holpan and Klipdam mines prior to
their acquisition by Rockwell. After Rockwell's acquisition, Mr. Van Wyk
subsequently joined Rockwell's senior management team as Operations Director
in 2006 and continued to manage the development and operation of those same
mines. He also oversaw the design and development of all of Rockwell's
processing plants and continues to be a sizeable shareholder of Rockwell. Mr.
Van Wyk has since left Rockwell due to his frustrations over the way senior
management were operating the company.
    Rockwell's current Chief Executive Officer said about Mr. Van Wyk on
September 25, 2008, "Hennie van Wyk has done a great job in completing and
initiating pre-commissioning of the new final-recovery facility some three
weeks ahead of schedule...Much of the innovation made in this facility is
driven by the many years of practical hands-on experience that Hennie van Wyk
and his team accumulated while building a successful alluvial diamond

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