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Surpassing one's own limits

With government looking to localise jobs that Batswana have expertise in, 29-year-old Boipelo Mothoeng makes the cut in a rather unfamiliar territory for Batswana.
By Mpho Mokwape Mon 11 Nov 2013, 17:49 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Surpassing one's own limits








From diamond polisher, Mothoeng has recently been appointed section supervisor for South African Diamond Corporation's prestige division Fancy Section.  She is the first Motswana to be appointed to such a supervisory post.  She particularly takes pride in this achievement for having emerged successfully as a woman in a male dominated industry.

 "It is quite an honour to be given this opportunity to be in charge.  I am so proud to represent Batswana, particularly women to show that we can do what expatriates are capable of doing and even more, showing our capability instead of always relying on expatriates," said Mothoeng.

Having been bestowed such an honour, she said, it took hard work, patience, passion and dedication - attributes that pushed her to succeed.  Quizzed on how she managed to take over a position that was never held by a Motswana before, she acknowledged that aiming higher and not limiting oneself "regardless of gender or age can propel one to a higher level in life".

According to Mothoeng, the South African Diamond Corporation (SAFDICO) Fancy Section is a division that deals with diamonds that are specifically meant for high-end clientele.  The market for the high-end demand has increased significantly in recent years.  The Fancy diamonds are said to be extremely rare and the more intense the colour, the rarer and more expensive the diamond. Some of Mothoeng's supervisory duties include training new staff members. 

She explained that being in charge of her own section in a trade that is mostly a reserve for expatriates, comes with a lot of pressure and responsibility.  She acknowledged the experience she gained through the years from foreign trainers and managers was well worth it.  She also emphasised the importance of good communication with staff and management, which helps ease the pressure of working with prestige stones.

Mothoeng hails from Moiyabana village and only holds a Cambridge certificate. She joined SAFDICO, one of the world's leading diamond manufacturing and trading companies, in 2008 as a diamond polisher.  She managed to rise through the ranks to become one of the youngest females to head one of the prestige sections in the diamond company.



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