BRC DiamondCore issues bulk sampling update

    TSX: BCD
    JSE: BCD

    TORONTO and JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - BRC DiamondCore
Ltd. (the "Company") (TSX: BCD, JSE: BCD) announces that, further to its
December 3, 2008 press release, it will maintain its strategic suspension of
bulk sampling at its projects in South Africa's Northern Cape province in
response to persistent depressed diamond prices and the deepening economic
    The Company envisages shutting down the Paardeberg East operation for the
immediate future and down-sizing its Silverstreams operation from three shifts
to a one shift operation.
    This requires that the Company enter into a consultation process with
affected employees and their representative unions, in terms of the provisions
of Section 189A of the South African Labour Relations Act.
    The out-sourced contract for the bulk sampling at the Company's De Kalk
project expired on December 31, 2008 and has not been renewed.
    Dr. Mike de Wit, President of BRC DiamondCore, said: "Management deems
these steps as essential due to the ongoing need to conserve cash in light of
persistent adverse market conditions. We nevertheless still anticipate a
recovery in rough diamond prices in 2009. We retain the view that this,
together with a stronger US Dollar exchange rate against our operating
currency and lower energy costs, should position us more favourably in the
year ahead."
    "By maintaining one shift at Silverstreams we retain flexibility and can
rapidly resume an increased level of production if justified by market
conditions, while maintaining the benefits of a downsized operation."

    BRC DiamondCore Ltd. is an African-focused diamond explorer active in
South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the "DRC"). Led by a
management team with extensive experience in diamond exploration and mine
development, the Company has a broad spectrum of projects ranging from
advanced stage trial mining operations through grass-roots exploration. The
Company's projects comprise both prospective alluvial gravels and primary
kimberlite targets. The Company works in a systematic and responsible manner
to discover, assess and develop diamond resources for the benefit of its
shareholders and local stakeholders.

    Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking
statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that
address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects
or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation,
statements relating to the resumption of bulk sampling operations, future
market conditions and the Company's operating plans) are forward-looking
statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations
or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the
Company. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ
materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and even if
such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no
assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on the
Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ
materially from current expectations include, among other things,
uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in
the future, uncertainties relating to future diamond prices, the possibility
that future exploration results will not be consistent with the Company's
expectations, changes in equity markets, foreign currency fluctuations,
inflation, political developments in South Africa or the DRC, changes to
regulations affecting the Company's activities, delays in obtaining or failure
to obtain required project approvals, the uncertainties involved in
interpreting geological data and the other risks involved in the diamond
exploration business. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date
on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities
laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any
forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future
events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the
assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable,
forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and
accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the
inherent uncertainty therein.

For further information:

For further information: please visit our website,, or contact: In Toronto: Martin Jones, Vice President,
Corporate Development, (416) 366-2221 or 1-800-714-7938; In Johannesburg:
James Duncan, Russell and Associates, +27 11 880-3924

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