Debswana’s newest mine
To form Damtshaa, which means ‘water for tortoises’ in Setswana, Debswana consolidated four small diamond pipes, discovered between 1967 and 1971, into one mine. It’s about 20km east of the Orapa kimberlite pipe in central Botswana.
Opened in 2003, it is Debswana's newest mine and is up to 120 metres deep. Just over 300,000 carats were mined in 2014, and more than 31 million have been produced since the mine opened.
Damtshaa Mine was placed into care and maintenance in December 2015. That means the mine is kept safe and stable ready for a possible reopening at a later date.