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Africa News of Thursday, 17 June 2021

Source: africa.cgtn.com

1,098.30-carat: Botswana unveils world's 'third-largest diamond'

President Masisi and First Lady were present at the official announcement of the find President Masisi and First Lady were present at the official announcement of the find

The Debswana Diamond Company on Wednesday presented a 1,098.30-carat diamond to Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi and the Cabinet in Gaborone, capital of Botswana.

According to the company, the stone, discovered on June 1 from the south Kimberlite pipe at Jwaneng mine in the southern part of the country, is the largest of gem quality in the history of the company since diamonds were discovered in Botswana in 1967.

The company is a joint venture between the Botswanan government and the global diamond giant De Beers.

The stone is thought to be among the top five largest gems discovered in the world, and it provides hope to a struggling nation at this time.

“This discovery at this point in time really signifies a new journey for us as a country,” said Debswana’s Acting Managing Director Lynette Armstrong.

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi praised the two workers who discovered the diamond and stated that the diamond’s profits would help to meet the country’s development needs.

The biggest diamond ever discovered in the world was the 3,106-carat Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905.

The second largest was 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona - a diamond the size of a tennis ball, discovered at Karowe, northeastern Botswana, in 2015.