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​​​​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 ​5527 staff members, as at November 2021. Most of these employees are mainly found at mining sites, along with over 5 000 fixed-term contractors and a small staff complement at the Debswana Corporate Centre in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital. Debswana's Damond 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 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.

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



Dr Wilfred Jiwa MandlebeMinistry of FinancePermanent Secretary Wilfred Jiwa Mandlebe
Kago Galeeme MoshashaneBoard Member Galeeme Moshashane.aspxKago Galeeme Moshashane
Al CookDe Beers Group CEOBoard Chairperson Cook.aspxAl Cook
Ellen Lopang Richard-MadisaMinistry of Minerals and EnergyPermanent Secretary Richard-Madisa.aspxEllen Lopang Richard-Madisa
Moses Dinekere PelaeloBank of BotswanaGovernor Dinekere Pelaelo

 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



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Media Release - Botswana Oil Limited and Debswana Diamond Company2022-11-14T22:00:00Z Oil Limited and Debswana Diamond Media Release - Final.pdfMedia Release - Botswana Oil Limited and Debswana Diamond Company