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Inside Africa's biggest diamond producer

Peter Guest

Published 1232 GMT (2032 HKT) December 2, 2015
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The main pit of the Jwaneng diamond mine in Botswana, November 2015 Peter Guest
A worker inspects a 300-tonne truck at the Jwaneng diamond mine in Botswana, November 2015 Peter Guest
Trucks cross in the main pit of the Jwaneng diamond mine in Botswana, November 2015 Peter Guest
The entrance to the De Beers Global Sightholder Sales office in Gaborone, Botswana. De Beers moved its sales facility to the Southern African country in 2013. Peter Guest
An employee inspects rough diamonds at De Beers' Global Sightholder Sales facility in Gaborone, the largest inspection and valuation operation in the world. Peter Guest
Rough diamonds await inspection at De Beers' Global Sightholder Sales facility in Gaborone, Botswana Peter Guest
De Beers employees inspect diamonds aggregated from the company's global supply in Gaborone, Botswana. The company moved 82 experts and their families from London to set up the facility in 2013. Peter Guest
'Special' stones -- diamonds at least 10 carats in weight -- await valuation at De Beers' Global Sightholder Sales operation in Gaborone, Botswana. Peter Guest
KGK Diamonds' factory in Gaborone, Botswana. The company opened its cutting and polishing operations in September 2015, while many in the industry are scaling back. Peter Guest
A diamond is prepared for polishing at KGK Diamonds factory in Gaborone, Botswana Peter Guest
KGK Diamonds employees cut the final facets on round cut diamonds at the company's Gaborone factory. Peter Guest
Debswana's headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana. Botswana has developed rapidly due to diamond exports, but faces a challenge to diversify its economy. Peter Guest