FAQs

Who are the shareholders of DTC Botswana?

DTC Botswana is a 50/50 Joint Venture partnership between the Government of Botswana and De Beers.

What is a carat?

A carat is the weight of a diamond. 1 carat = 0.2 grams 

How does DTC Botswana contribute towards Botswana's economy?

The company pays income taxes. The Government receives dividends as a shareholder. This all translates into about a third of the country's GDP, over 75% of all foreign earnings and about 50% of public revenue.

What are Sightholders?

Sightholders are diamond cutting and polishing companies that have been licenced by the Government of Botswana to carry out cutting and polishing activities in the country.

What is DTC Botswana doing to ensure that the diamonds they sort, value and sell are conflict free?

Botswana is one of the founder members of the Kimberley Process and remains committed to the Kimberly process.

How many employees does DTC Botswana have?

DTCB has approximately 370 employees

As there are no diamond training institutions in Botswana, where does DTC Botswana train its diamond sorters?

DTC Botswana has an in-house training Diamond Academy accredited by Botswana Qualifications Authority where all trainee sorters are trained for a minimum period of six months. The Academy's purpose is primarily to raise the level of diamond expertise needed to meet global requirements.

Is DTC Botswana the largest sorting house in the world?

DTC Botswana is the largest rough diamond sorting and valuing facility in the world.

When was DTC Botswana established?

DTC Botswana was established in May 2006 and officially opened on March 18th, 2008. 

Has DTC Botswana ever profited as a company from conflict diamonds?

No. DTC Botswana has played an instrumental and leading role in promoting and enhancing the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and the industry's self-regulating System of Warranties.

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