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1 A Hidden Gem Afri-Can Marine Minerals Corp
Diamonds from second sampling, Block J, Namibia

2 An advanced Exploration Company
developing large deposits of high-gem quality diamonds off the Namibian coast

3 Disclaimers Certain information presented herein constitutes "forward-looking statements," as identified in the Afri-Can's periodic filings with Canadian Securities Regulators that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Although Afri-Can has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Afri-Can disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. 3

4 Highlights - Afri-Can is a Canadian company, actively involved in the acquisition, exploration and development of major mineral properties in Namibia. Afri-Can’s creative and scientific approach targets large marine diamond deposits in unexplored prospective territories. Our business strategy is based on our strong and highly experienced geological and management team and strategic partnerships with people who share our vision of development. Afri-Can’s shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and on the Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol AFA. 4

5 Highlights Since 2000, Afri-Can has invested US $6 million on Block J’s marine diamonds exploration. The investment led to the discovery of four large marine diamond deposits. Delineation of the resource is underway in Block J. These are similar to other major deposits that produce in excess of 1 million carats a year. Afri-Can successfully completed Phase 1 of its Resource Delineation Program by completing three geophysical surveys and two sampling programs. Afri-Can is the first Company to discover and delineate marine diamond deposits at the same water depths (100 m to 125m deep) as the renowned “Atlantic One” deposit of Namdeb (joint venture between De Beers and the Government of Namibia), 5

6 Highlights First Sampling Programme: 337 samples of 2.16 sq. m. each, recovered 23 diamonds totalling 4.65 carats, the largest stone being 0.64 carats. All of the diamonds recovered were of gem quality. Second Sampling Programme on Feature 8: 25 samples of 10 sq. m. each, recovered 84 diamonds totalling carats, the largest stone being 0.49 carats. All of the diamonds recovered were of gem quality. The latest programmes consisted of a geophysical survey totalling 1353 line- kilometers, and the extraction of 39 vibracore samples of 100 mm diameter. The interpretation of the results of the above first phase work has enabled the finalisation of the details of the second phase of the program, which will essentially be bulk sampling, with about 330 large samples, each of 5 square meters. The aim of the complete program is to delineate diamond resources on Block J in compliance with Canadian National Instrument 6


8 Highlights The most recent has estimated a potential mineral content at between 0.7 million and 1.8 million carats on an area covering approximately 12.3 square kilometres. The average grade of the samples within the target zone was carats per square metre,and the average of the best 20% (used to compensate for inadequate sampler performance) was carats per square metre. The remaining targets on Block J cannot be assessed at the moment due to inadequate sampling. Their total area is about 15.3 square kilometres Statements of potential quantity are conceptual in nature. There has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the target being delineated as a mineral resource.  Mr. Richard W. Foster is the designated Qualified Person. Mr. Foster has 43 years of postgraduate experience in exploration geology and specifically in marine diamonds. His experience includes marine geophysics, marine exploration and sampling, resource sampling and estimation and resource management. He is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and thus meets all the requirements of a Qualified Person in terms of NI 8

9 Be prepared for a variety of questions on this.

10 Highlights Afri-Can’s Chief Geologist, Mr. Dick Foster, worked for De Beers Marine for 32 years, where he was instrumental in the discovery, off the coast of Namibia, of the largest marine diamond deposit ever delineated: the “Atlantic One” deposit (declared resources of 8 million carats). Mr. Foster is heading a team of 3 other renowned geologists. The total marine experience of the team amounts to more than 120 years. Board of Directors and Management consist of reputable and experienced individuals. Working in Namibia since 1997, the corporation is well established in the Namibian community. 10

11 Investment facts Afri-Can offers a strong added value potential
based on the following facts: Block J geology is comparable to the largest marine diamond deposits ever discovered. Great potential to develop world class resources. Seasoned and renowed technical Management team. Experienced and renowned Management and Board of Directors. Project development in a politically and economically stable Country. Strong local partnerships.

12 Namibia in numbers 825,000 sq. km Population: 1.8 million
Politically stable: Presidential regime Well-administered and transparent mining policies Mining accounts for: 13% of GDP, 80% of export Diamond mining is by far the most important sector of the ecomomy 95% of Namibia’s marine diamond production is of gem quality with the world’s highest price per carat

13 Diamonds from second sampling, Block J, Namibia
Why Namibian marine diamonds ? Geologists estimate the total offshore potential in excess of 2 billion carats. Highest gem quality content in the world at 95%. De Beers Marine production growing at a constant pace: 2002: 505,000 carats 2006: 1,018,000 carats 2008: 1,039,000 carats Diamonds from second sampling, Block J, Namibia Mention that more than 50% of Namibia’s diamond production comes from the sea.


15 Namibian marine leases and production figures
Marine leases as at 2003.


17 Topography from public domain DTMs, tilted towards the west by 500 metres. Small “hummocks” are all known kimberlites that carry macro-diamonds. Point out large westerly continental shelf of Cretaceous sediments, but narrow easterly. Therefore Cretaceous drainage must have been to the west.

18 At the end of the Cretaceous period, there was major continental uplift
The kimberlites were eroded, releasing diamonds, which were carried down the westerly drainage systems. It has been estimated by De Beers geologists that, in the Kimberley region, the upper metres of the pipes were removed. It is estimated that about 2 billion carats reached the southern African West Coast. Poiny out goods reaching the coast were 98% gemstones, the industrials having been destroyed en-route.

19 The 1200 kilometres shown here is the same as Stockholm to Moscow, or Toronto to Minneapolis or Atlanta, Georgia.

20 From paper when Dingle was Prof at UCT. Highlight the Luderitz River.

21 The “Luderitz River” flowing into Block J
Showing the basement surface at end-Cretaceous, with all later sediment removed Bathymetry and elevation compiled from O’Shea 1971, Dingle et al 1977, Rogers 1977 , SAN Charts (Teuteberg 1995) and AMM data. Tertiary sediment thickness compiled from O’Shea 1971, and AMM data. Sediment thickness assumed to increase 10% to west in western half of Block J. Sediment thickness on land assumed to be about 120 metres at 300 metres elevation. Interpolated on straight lines between data points. Both datasets gridded at 200m and summed using Rockworks to give End-Cretaceous surface.

22 Early Tertiary diamond influx
The diamonds were carried down the westerly drainages and reached the coast during the Eocene period (65-34 Ma) in the early Tertiary. Sea level was high (+150m) during the Eocene, and the diamonds were deposited on the area of the present coastal plain.


24 Oligocene low sea levels
During the Oligocene period (34–23 Ma), sea level was below present (-150m?). The diamondiferous Eocene sediments were eroded, and the liberated diamonds were flushed onto the present continental shelf area. Block J was in a favourable position in the path of the “Luderitz River”.


26 Miocene rising sea level
During the early Miocene (23-15 Ma) the sea level gradually rose from the Oligocene low levels. The diamonds were carried up-slope from the Oligocene sediments, and were deposited in basal Miocene sediments on the “Oligocene unconformity”. The basal Miocene sediments on this unconformity are a prime target for West Coast exploration geologists. Along most of the West Coast they are buried, but are extensively exposed in Block J.



29 Gullying released diamonds for deposition in younger sediments.

30 Block J during the Ice Age
For the last 2.5 million years, there was glaciation in the northern hemisphere. During that time there were many world-wide fluctuations of sea level. The fluctuations had important effects on the diamond mineralisation of Block J.

31 Sea level during the past 1.2 M years
Nothing to do with Block J, but re “global warming” note the interglacial at about BP, about 30 metres above present. Melting of Greenland and Antarctic icecaps would raise sea level to about 60 metres above present. Point out slow freezing but rapid melting. Point out reworking of sediments and concentration of diamonds with each cycle, obliterating the previous.

32 Ice Age sediments in Block J
Sediments dating from high sea levels during the last interglacial, about years ago, occur in Block J, but they are of no economic interest. Terrestrial sediments formed during low sea levels have been shown by sampling to contain many diamonds when they are adjacent to basal Miocene outcrops.

33 Sea level during the past 140,000 years


35 Top of core is on top left, bottom at bottom right.
LTS sediment sequence lying on TC formation. Note admixture of dune sands, pebbles and marine shells in TC material.

36 The last sea level rise About 21,000 years ago, as the ice sheets melted for the last time, sea level began to rise from the last low level about 125 metres below present. As the coastline advanced across Block J, it halted for 1,000 years or so at some elevations, forming beaches and surf zones, with local diamond concentrations. The sea reached its present level about 7,000 years ago.

37 Sea level during the past 22,000 years

38 From this sort of reconstruction we can predict where the diamonds are likely to be.

39 Part of a vibracore showing beach gravel

40 This is what the gravel in the previous slide looks like on the sampling screen.



43 Overdeepening of valley floor where it intersects fracture gullies, resulting in greater chance of diamond concentration. This is why all the reports talk about fractures in the basement.

44 Previous sampling equipment could not sample the coarse gravel properly. Anchor scour shows that it is not cemented and will be sampled by Equipment to be used for phase 3.

45 The way forward Afri-Can has recently finalized the details of the layout of its up-coming quantitative sampling program. The objective of the sampling program will be to establish mineralised resources, in accordance with the National Instrument , in four defined deposits and to conduct trial mining over identified areas. The main four target areas with proven mineralization will be sampled at a cost of approximately US $2.5 million. The program for the main four targets is designed to extract 332 samples of 5 sq. m each.


47 The way forward The vessel chartered for the sampling program: “The Explorer” full digital positioning II length: meters gross tonnage: 6,757 tonnes 5 sq. metre sampling airlift drill system sampling down to a water depth of 250 m and through 12 m of overburden 21 samples per day treatment plant: DMS 20 tph

48 “The Explorer” design layout
The way forward “The Explorer” design layout 48

49 “The Explorer” being fitted out in Cape Town harbour , May 2009
The way forward “The Explorer” being fitted out in Cape Town harbour , May 2009 49

50 The way forward The 170 tons 5m² sampler on the deck of
“The Explorer”. May 2009.

51 The way forward Cutting teeth inside the face of the sampler. May 2009.

52 The way forward A concrete test block, showing the effect of the cutting teeth. May 2009.

53 The way forward The sample processing plant. May 2009.

54 The way forward The glove box system used for sorting the diamonds from the samples.

55 Board of directors Michael J. Brown, Chairman. Founder and President of Capital Markets Advisory and a 30-year veteran of mining finance and analysis. Previously, Mr. Brown held positions with Macquarie Bank of Australia, as President and CEO of Macquarie North America, and as Vice Chairman. Prior to that, he was a Managing Partner of Investment Banking with Gordon Capital Corporation in Toronto, and was a mining analyst and Managing Director of Research with Deutsche Bank. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Professional Engineer, and holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He is a director of Crystallex International Corporation and Queenston Mining Inc., and has served as a Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Pierre Léveillé, President, CEO Mr. Léveillé has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets and the resources industry. He has served as President, CEO and Director of the corporation since He has 12 years of experience in developing exploration projects exclusively in Africa. His leadership has transformed the corporation into a marine diamond exploration company of importance. Prior to joining Afri-Can, he spent over eight years in the financial markets as a stockbroker and corporate finance advisor with Levesque, Beaubien, Geoffrion inc. and Investpro Securities Inc.

56 Board of directors Bernard J.Tourillon, Executive V.P. and CFO. Mr. Tourillon, B.A.A.; MBA joined Afri-Can in 1994 as Executive Vice President and CFO. With Mr. Léveillé, he has been instrumental in transforming the Corporation into a significant participant in the marine diamond exploration industry. He has 18 years of experience in international finance, manufacturing and brokerage. Michael Nicolai. Mr. Nicolai, B.A., University of Cape Town, has 30 years of experience in international banking, venture capital and investment management. He is presently a consultant with international investment and consulting firm Brockhouse & Cooper Inc. located in Montreal, Quebec.

57 Board of directors Howard Messias. Mr. Messias, B. Comm B. ACC, CA (Canada and South Africa) has over 17 years of business experience and is a registered Principal Officer with the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD) and the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA). He is presently Chief Financial & Compliance Officer of Brockhouse & Cooper Inc., an international investment dealing and consulting firm located in Montreal, Quebec. Marcel Drapeau, Secretary. Mr. Drapeau, Sc. Comm., LL.L. is an accountant and a lawyer, based in Montreal. He has practiced commercial and corporate law for over 25 years, during which time he served as director of numerous companies and acted as a business consultant in various corporate dealings. Mr. Drapeau joined Afri-Can in 1997 and is currently Secretary of the corporation.

58 Management Pierre Léveillé, President and CEO
Bernard J.Tourillon, Executive Vice President & CFO Marcel Drapeau, Secretary R.W. (Dick) Foster, Resource Development Manager. Mr. Foster is a geologist who holds a BSC. Geology (Hons) from Imperial College of the University of London and has extensive experience in the marine diamond industry. Mr. Foster worked for De Beers for 32 years before retiring in At De Beers Marine, he held the position of Geological Manager for 11 years and he was involved extensively in the management of exploration and mining programs. He led the teams that discovered major diamond deposits on the mid-continental shelves off South Africa and Namibia. Since 1996, Mr. Foster has been active in providing geological consulting and exploration management services.

59 Resource development technical team
R.W. (Dick) Foster. BSc (London), ARCS, Pr Sci Nat. L.S. (Len) Gardner. BSc (Rhodes), Pr Sci Nat. Len worked for De Beers Marine for 18 years and then for several companies specialising in marine, land and satellite geographical data analysis. Subsequently, he became an independent consultant, specialising in data management, GIS, and spatial data systems. M.A.F. (Mike) Mittelmeyer. BSc (Cape Town), Pr Sci Nat. Mike worked for alluvial diamond companies for 8 years before joining De Beers Marine in He left De Beers Marine to become an independent consultant in Mike is a specialist in marine geophysics and sampling systems and data interpretation. J. (John) Pether. BSc (Cape Town), MSc (Cape Town), Pr Sci Nat. John has been active in the marine geological field since He worked for the South African Museum until 1996, when he joined De Beers Marine. Since 2004 John has been an independent consultant specialising in sedimentology, stratigraphy and paleontology with a focus on paleo-environmental interpretation. The total marine experience of the team amounts to more than 120 years.

60 Stock information Year high: $ 0.20 Year low: $ 0.05
10/06/2009 Year high: $ 0.20 Year low: $ 0.05 Daily average volume: 200,000 Shares outstanding: 158 M Fully diluted: M Market Cap: $ 22 M

61 Investment facts Summary
Afri-Can offers a strong added value potential based on the following facts: Block J geology is comparable to the largest marine diamond deposits ever discovered. Great potential to develop world class resources. Seasoned and renowed technical Management team. Experienced and renowned Management and Board of Directors. Project development in a politically and economically stable Country. Strong local partnerships. 61

62 Corporate information
10/04/08 Head office and Corporate office: 4444 Ste-Catherine St. W., Suite 201 Montreal, QC Canada, H3Z 1R2 Tel: (514) Fax: (514) Web site: Corporate office - Namibia: P.O. Box Windhoek, Namibia Tel: (0) Fax: (0) Legal counsel - Canada: Lavery de Billy, Montreal, Quebec Transfer agent: Computershare, Montreal, Quebec London, U.K. Auditors – Canada: Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Montreal Auditors - Namibia: Swart Grant Angula, Windhoek, Namibia Bankers - Canada: HSBC (Canada) Bankers - Namibia: Fist National Bank Namibia Windhoek, Namibia Trading symbol: Canada: TSX Venture: AFA Frankfurt (XETRA) AJF Shares outstanding: SEC 12g3-2(b) exemption: file no

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