Philippe Roolant, managing director of Zebra Diamonds, and Sellinah Mogojwa, acting commissioner of the Botswana Ministry of Mines
Paul Rowley, De Beers executive vice-president
Zebra Diamonds Ltd, the Botswana-based diamond polishing factory of Belgium firm IGC Group, celebrated its 10th year in the industry, marking a decade of expertise in the trade.
A special event, held on April 12 in celebration of the company's anniversary, was graced by guests from Botswana’s Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, De Beers, the Governor of the Bank of Botswana, and other industry stakeholders.
In 2007, IGC Group – a De Beers’ Sightholder and family business with more than 100 years of professional history – established a diamond polishing factory in Gaborone, Botswana.
“From its inception 10 years ago, the philosophy and focus of Zebra Diamonds has been on training highly specialised local Batswana diamond professionals in planning, lasering, bruting, polishing, supervision and management,” the company said. “With its loyal team of 82 Batswana, the company is extremely proud of having achieved its goal of true beneficiation. In addition, Zebra Diamonds is actively involved in local CSR and community empowerment initiatives including the support of the Ramoswa Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children.”
The 10th anniversary celebration coincided with the successful expansion of its factory floor from 500sqm to 1,000sqm, and a full renovation. This gives Zebra Diamonds the potential to more than double the number of its workers and triple its diamond production in the future, according to the company.