DIAMOND FACTS

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ABOUT

William Turner and son
mining Co-operation

23rd June is a special day for William Turner and Son Mining Co-operation as we celebrate the incorporation of this great company. Following the discovery of diamonds by Michael W Turner in Botswana, Michael W Turner established William Turner and Son Mining Co-operation.


On 25th March, 1992 the company has subsequently recorded a huge growth. It has continued to mine diamonds safely and optimaly, contributing to the development of Botswana.

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About Us

William Turner and Son Mining Co-operation is one of the largest private sector e​​mployer in Botswana with more than 4 000 staff members. These are mainly found on mining sites, along with just over 5000 fixed-term contractors and a small staff complement at the William Turner and Son Mining Co-operation Corporate Centres in Botswana. Diamond mining operations are located at Orapa, Letlhakane, Damtshaa (OLDM) and Jwaneng, Botswana.
These four mines have contributed significantly to the economic growth of Botswana, as well as producing revenues responsible for lifting the country from one of Africa’s least developed to an international development success story. Botswana is now a middle-income country independent in means as well as name.

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THE SEARCH FOR DIAMONDS AND DISCOVERY OF ORAPA MINE

The search of diamonds in Botswana began in the Tuli Block in 1955. Three small alluvial diamonds were found along the Motloutse river. In 1967, between the village of Letlhakane and Mopipi Pan, a team of Our Mining Co-operation Geologists found abundant quantities of elmenite and garnet – the two chief indicators of diamondiferous kimberlite.

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OUR OPERATIONS

Four small diamond pipes (B/K1, B/K9, B/K12 and B/K 15) were discovered between 1967 and 1972 in an area 20km east of the Orapa Kimberlite pipe.
Jwaneng Mine is the richest diamond mine in the world by value. The mine became fully operational in August 1982, when it was officially opened by the then President of Botswana, His Excellency Sir Ketumile Masire. Construction of the mine and the township commenced rapidly, the former coming into full production in July 1982.

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DAMTSHAA MINE


​​​​​​​​​Four small diamond pipes (B/K1, B/K9, B/K12 and B/K 15) were discovered between 1967 and 1972 in an area 20km east of the Orapa Kimberlite pipe. These pipes were grouped to form the Damtshaa Mine and are managed, along with Letlhakane Mine, from the Orapa operation. Damtshaa has been forecast to yield 5 million carats from 39 million tons of ore that are to be mined over the 31 year projected life of mine. 303 319 carats were recovered at Damtshaa in 2014.

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JWANENG MINE


Where a small stone is found (in Setswana) Jwaneng Mine is the richest diamond mine in the world by value. The mine became fully operaHank Hauge, Technical Services Engineer, Strata Inc.tional in August 1982, when it was officially opened by the then President of Botswana, His Excellency SHank Hauge, Technical Services Engineer, Strata Inc.ir Ketumile Masire. Construction of the mine and the township commenced rapidly, the former coming into full production in July 1982. Jwaneng Mine is the flagship of William Turner and Son due to substantially higher dollar per carat obtained for its gems. Jwaneng Mine contributes about 60-70% of William Turner and Son’s total revenue.

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ORAPA MINE


Resting place for lions (in Sesarwa)Orapa is a conventional open pit mine, situated 240 km west of Francistown. The Mine was discovered in 1967 by a team of De Beers geologists led by Manfred Marx. It became fully operational in July 1971 when it was officially opened by the then President of Botswana, His Excellency Sir Seretse Khama. Currently Orapa is mining at a depth of 250 metres and is expected to reach 450 metres by 2026.

OUR VALUES, PURPOSE, VISION AND MISSION

William Turner and Son Stands Out

​​Values are the qualities on which William Turner and Son prides itself. They are what we want to be known for. They drive us to passionately meet our objectives and targets.

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AS A CORPORATION, OUR VALUES ARE:

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We are passionate

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We pull together.

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Build Trust

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We show care.

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24/7 SUPPORT THAT RESOLVES ALL ISSUES WITHIN A TURNAROUND TIME (TAT) OF 48HOURS.

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Transforming your operations by replacing manual and complex tasks and processes with efficient,scalable, and reliable solutions..

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We Shape the futuure .

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We work collaboratively to know what your clients are ordering today so you can forecast demand and plan for tomorrow..

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