Letlhakane Mine is situated 50 km from Debswana's Orapa operation and 190 km West of Francistown, in Central Botswana. The mine which was first discovered during the sampling and evaluation process at Orapa, became Debswana's second mine when it opened in 1975.
Open-pit operations at Letlhakane Mine ceased as planned in 2017. The plant for processing of tailings, which will extend the life of the operation to 2043, has been completed and is now operational. The plant has a capacity of up to 800,000 carats per annum.
This has ensured seamless continuity at Letlhakane Mine and most importantly, it has meant zero job losses as a result of switching from mining from the pit to running a tailings plant.