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DEbswana Diamond COmpany

Debswana Diamond Company (Pty) Limited (Debswana) was established in 1969 and is one of the world's foremost diamond producer by value and volume. The company operates four diamond mines: Jwaneng, Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (the latter three are grouped under the acronym OLDM) and has a Corporate Centre in Gaborone. 

Debswana is an equal partnership between the Government of the Republic of Botswana (GRB) and the De Beers Group of Companies. The diamonds produced from the four mines are sold to De Beers and the Okavango Diamond Company, and Debswana is the biggest contributor to the De Beers Group rough diamond production. 

Debswana is a major part of the national economy of Botswana and makes a significant contribution to country's gross domestic product, foreign exchange earnings and government revenue. It is one of the largest private sector employers, with more than 5 000 employees and 6 000 contractors working at its operations.​


"Debswana is committed to its pursuit of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Debswana's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is a key component of our Human Resources strategy and focuses on promoting representation in terms of gender, age, differently abled and family status while ensuring alignment with Group and strategic commitments".​

2021 tonnes moved131,949m 
2021 Tonnes Treated24,506m
2021​ Carats Recovered22,326m​​​​​​​​​​​​

 Our Operations



Damtshaa MineFour small diamond pipes (B/K1, B/K9, B/K12 and B/K 15) were discovered between 1967 and 1972 in an area 20km east of the Orapa Kimberlite pipe. These pipes were grouped to form the Damtshaa Mine.https://www.debswana.com/Operations/Pages/Damtshaa-Mine.aspxDamtshaa MineDebswana is the world's leading diamond producer by value. We work, knowing that are integral to the social fabric of Botswana and that our success contributes to that of Botswana.
Jwaneng MineJwaneng Mine is the richest diamond mine in the world by value. The mine became fully operational in August 1982, when it was officially opened by the then President of Botswana, His Excellency Sir Ketumile Masire.https://www.debswana.com/Operations/Pages/Jwaneng-Mine.aspxJwaneng MineDebswana is the world's leading diamond producer by value. We work, knowing that are integral to the social fabric of Botswana and that our success contributes to that of Botswana.
Letlhakane MineLetlhakane Mine is situated 50 km from Debswana's Orapa operation and 190 km West of Francistown, in Central Botswana. The mine was first discovered during the sampling and evaluation process at Orapa.https://www.debswana.com/Operations/Pages/Letlhakane-Mine.aspxLetlhakane MineDebswana is the world's leading diamond producer by value. We work, knowing that are integral to the social fabric of Botswana and that our success contributes to that of Botswana.
Orapa MineOrapa is a conventional open pit mine, situated 240 km west of Francistown. The Mine was discovered in 1967 by a team of De Beers geologists led by Manfred Marx. It became fully operational in July 1971https://www.debswana.com/Operations/Pages/Orapa-Mine.aspxOrapa MineDebswana is the world's leading diamond producer by value. We work, knowing that are integral to the social fabric of Botswana and that our success contributes to that of Botswana.

 Latest News



Media Release - Debswana decision on Infotrac Litigation Judgement 2022-11-14T22:00:00Zhttps://www.debswana.com/Media/Pages/Media Release - Debswana decision on Infotrac Litigation Judgement.pdfMedia Release - Debswana decision on Infotrac Litigation Judgement

 Stakeholder Reports

Annual Review and Report to Stakeholders

Annual publication show​​casing operational performance, socio-economic development, sustainability programmes, corporate social responsibility a​nd inve​stments.

RTS 2021 (Sustainability Report)​​

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2017 SEAT Report Jwaneng Minehttps://www.debswana.com/Media/Publications/2017 SEAT Report Jwaneng Mine.pdf2017 SEAT Report Jwaneng Mine
Teemane Newsletter 2022 October https://www.debswana.com/Media/Publications/Teemane Newsletter 2022 October External.pdfTeemane Newsletter 2022 October
Business Focus Mag MD Interviewhttps://www.debswana.com/Media/Publications/Business Focus Magazine MD Debswana.pdfBusiness Focus Mag MD Interview

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 Diamond Facts



Clarity<p>​Clarity refers to the presence of inclusions in a diamond. Inclusions are ranked on a scale of perfection, known as clarity. The clarity scale, ranging from F (Flawless) to Included (I), is based on the visibility of inclusions at a magnification of 10x. Even with a loupe, the birthmarks in the VVS (Very, Very Slightly Included) to VS (Very Slightly Included) range can be very difficult to find. It is only when a diamond is graded 'I' that it is possible to see the birthmarks with the naked eye. The position of inclusions can affect the value of a diamond and you should consider the number, size, brightness, nature and position of inclusions.​</p>https://www.debswana.com/About-Us/Lists/Diamond Facts/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Clarity
Colour<p>​Colour refers to the degree to which a diamond is colourless. Diamonds can be found in many colours, however white-coloured or colourless diamonds remain the most popular. Diamonds are graded on a colour scale which ranges from D (colourless) to Z. Warmer coloured diamonds (K–Z) are particularly desirable when set in yellow gold. Icy winter white coloured diamonds (D–J) look stunning set in white gold or platinum. Nature has also created diamonds in shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, and pink. Red is the rarest of all. These diamonds are called ‘coloured fancies’ and are extremely rare and highly treasured.​</p>https://www.debswana.com/About-Us/Lists/Diamond Facts/DispForm.aspx?ID=3Colour
Carat<p>​​​Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. Often mistaken with size, carat is actually a measure of weight. The term carat is a derivative of the word carob. Carob seeds, which are surprisingly uniform in weight, were used as a reference for diamond weight in ancient civilisations. One carob seed equalled one carat. One carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. One carat can also be divided into 100 ‘points’. A .75 carat diamond is the same as a 75-point or 3/4 carat diamond.</p>https://www.debswana.com/About-Us/Lists/Diamond Facts/DispForm.aspx?ID=1Carat
Cut<p>​Cut refers to the angles and proportions of a diamond. It is the only one of the 4Cs that is influenced by the human hand. Diamond cutting requires great skill and training. The cutter must polish tiny surfaces known as facets onto the rough diamond. This process is what creates the facets known as the crown, culet, table, girdle and pavilion of the diamond.​</p>https://www.debswana.com/About-Us/Lists/Diamond Facts/DispForm.aspx?ID=4Cut