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Venetia Mine - Proof that diamonds are getting harder to find can be seen in the South African bush, where one of the world's largest mining companies is spending $2bn tunnelling beneath a vast open-pit mine.

De Beers spent 25 years digging a 450-metre deep by one-kilometre wide hole to access diamond-rich rock from the surface at the Venetia mine, close to the border with Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Now a whole new underground mine is being constructed underneath the hole to reach diamonds more than 1 000 metres below ground - a big bet by De Beers that their investment will reap decades of profit.

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