The gatecrasher at Debswana's 50th birthday bash

Jwaneng Diamond Mine PIC: DEBSWANA.COM
Jwaneng Diamond Mine PIC: DEBSWANA.COM

The company that singlehandedly lifted the country from its agrarian base to a modern, broader and more sophisticated economy offering more opportunities for citizens, turns 50 on Monday. As happy as each birthday is, it reignites concerns about the future of the diamond giant and the country. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI writes

The latest figures from Debswana suggest the diamond giant will stop producing the shiny stones sometime around the mid-2050s.

Should production reach that period, Debswana’s mines will be unrecognisable from what they are now. Jwaneng will most likely be an underground operation, while Orapa, if it is not also down below, will be quite larger and deeper than it currently is.

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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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