Nicknamed the Prince of Mines, the Jwaneng mine in Botswana is the world’s richest diamond mine by value. Opened in 1982, the diamond mine produces approximately 12.5 to 15 million carats per year and is expected to continue production until at least 2024.
Owned as a joint venture between De Beers and the government of Botswana (Debswana), the diamond mine makes up more than 60 percent of the country’s exports, and nearly 25 percent of its GDP, helping to turn one of the poorest countries on earth to one of Africa’s wealthiest.
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