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About Us

​​​​About Debswana​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ "The diamond mines were a Godsend, and rapidly transformed the economy, increasing the revenue of the country from less than P10 million a year at Independence to over a billion today." - The then Honourable Minister of Mineral Resources and Water Affairs, Mr A.M Mogwe, 1990.

Debswana is the largest private sector e​​mployer in Botswana, with more than 4 000 staff members. These are mainly found on mining sites, along with just over 5 000 fixed-term contractors and a small staff complement at the Debswana Corporate Centre in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital. Diamond mining operations are located at Orapa, Letlhakane, Damtshaa (OLDM) and Jwaneng. These four mines have contributed significantly to the economic growth of Botswana, as well as producing revenues responsible for lifting the country from one of Africa’s least developed to an international development success story. Botswana is now a middle-income country independent in means as well as name.

Debswana also owns and operates the Morupule Coal Mine. Debswana is a key player in the national economy of Botswana. In 2014, diamond exports accounted for about half of government revenues and a third of GDP.​

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 Our Subsidiaries

As a major industrial player and contributor to the Botswana economy, Debswana subscribes to the philosophy that its entrepreneurial success should be underpinned by social and economic responsibility. The Company aspires to play an active role in the long term economic growth of the country.

Morupule Coal Mine

Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) is a 100% Debswana subsidiary located about 14 km west of Palapye in Eastern Botswana along the main Palapye/Serowe road.

Sesiro Insurance Company

This short term insurance company was formed in June 2000 to issue insurance policies protecting Debswana’s assets, business interruptions, liabilities, securiti​es and aviation risks.

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 Board of Directors

 

 

Phillipe Jean Claude MellierCEO - De BeersDeputy Board Chairmanhttp://www.debswana.com/About-Us/Pages/Mr-Phillipe-J-C-Mellier.aspxPhillipe Jean Claude Mellier
Linah Kelebogile MohohloBank of BotswanaGovernorhttp://www.debswana.com/About-Us/Pages/Mrs-Linah-K-Mohohlo.aspxLinah Kelebogile Mohohlo
Gareth MostynDe BeersChief Financial Officerhttp://www.debswana.com/About-Us/Pages/Mr-Gareth-Mostyn.aspxGareth Mostyn
Patrick Anthony Jamie LoweryDe BeersExecutive Head of Technical , Global Mining,http://www.debswana.com/About-Us/Pages/Pat-Lowery.aspxPatrick Anthony Jamie Lowery
Neo Daniel MorokaDe Beers BotswanaResident Director & Chief Executive Officerhttp://www.debswana.com/About-Us/Pages/Mr-Neo-D-Moroka.aspxNeo Daniel Moroka

 Supply Chain

​​We contribute to local economic development through: Direct employment and the employmen​t of local contractors; Preferential procurement from local suppliers; and; Enterprise development and social investment.​

 Our History

1955 -1969The search for diamonds and discovery of Orapa Mine

Debswana History The search of diamonds in Botswana began in the Tuli Block in 1955. Three small alluvial diamonds were found along the Motloutse river. In 1967, between the village of Letlhakane and Mopipi Pan, a team of De Beers Geologists found abundant quantities of elmenite and garnet – the two chief indicators of diamondiferous kimberlite.

 Latest News

 

 

Debswana Scholarships Take Off2015-09-28T22:00:00ZThe first batch of students in the re-introduced Debswana Diamond Company scholarship programme has begun their studies at both local and overseas institutions. http://www.debswana.com/debswana-scholarships-take-off-(2)Debswana Scholarships Take Off
Labour Relations Key to Industrial Productivity - Bonyongo2015-09-24T22:00:00ZAddressing the Botswana Mine Workers Union Congress yesterday, Debswana's Managing Director, Balisi Bonyongo, spoke in plain terms that healthy and effective labour relations are at the core of industrial peace and success.http://www.debswana.com/labour-relations-key-to-industrial-productivity-bonyongoLabour Relations Key to Industrial Productivity - Bonyongo