Geologists give up search for new 'Jwanengs'

Established as De Beers Botswana Mining Company in 1969,  Debswana turns 50 this year PIC: DTCB
Established as De Beers Botswana Mining Company in 1969, Debswana turns 50 this year PIC: DTCB

Diamond mineral explorers holding ground around the country have given up hope of finding a Jwaneng Mine-sized resource and are now focussing on smaller discoveries.

Discovered in 1972, Jwaneng is one of the world’s richest mines by value, producing up to 15 million carats per year, the bulk of the country and De Beers’ production.

From Jwaneng, the other significant discoveries have included the Lerala Diamond Mine, Ghaghoo and Karowe, many of them the result of fresh exploration on sites identified decades before by major explorers such as De Beers.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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