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Debswana’s deepest mine


Letlhakane lies within the Orapa kimberlite area. It was discovered when Orapa was being sampled and evaluated, and was the second mine opened by Debswana.

The mine, about 154 metres deep, is managed from our Orapa operation, 50 miles away, where its diamonds are processed at the Completely Automated Recovery Plant.

Letlhakane, which means ‘little reeds’ in Setswana, was opened in 1975 and is in Botswana’s Boteti district, 190km west of Francistown.

It is expected to produce around 1.2 million carats, from 6.2 million tonnes of ore, for the remaining three years of its life. Treatment of tailings will begin in 2016 and will see the mine running for a further 24 years, producing an estimated 21 million carats from 83 million tonnes of ore. More than 31 million carats have been mined since Letlhakane opened.