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Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR)
Minister Kedikilwe Tours Lazare Kaplan
02/08/10
Botswana’s plans to be a diamond hub are coming to fruition as witnessed by the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Honorable Dr P.H.K. Kedikilwe during his tour of the Lazare Kaplan Botswana, a subsidiary of Lazare Kalplan International, plant recently.

Botswana’s plans to be a diamond hub are coming to fruition as witnessed by the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Honorable Dr P.H.K. Kedikilwe during his tour of the Lazare Kaplan Botswana, a subsidiary of Lazare Kalplan International, plant recently.

Speaking during the tour, the Minister said that being at LKB and seeing the work that was going on there dispelled any misgivings that one might have had regarding the opening of such a facility in the country. The Minister also said that the presence of Senior Officials from the headquarters also helped to build confidence in the company as it showed their keenness in their investment.

Mr. Alfred Dube, the Managing Director, said LKB started production in January and currently have 50 staff members including the trainees that have just completed their one year training in South Africa as well as seven colleagues from Puerto Rico and Namibia who are currently based on Botswana for production training.

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Lazare Kaplan International Mr Charles Rosario who’s mandate is to oversee worldwide sales and distribution said reemploying old staff has enabled Lazare Kaplan to not only start but also increase business fast as they did not need much training. He also said that Batswana have high skills management and they pick up new skills very quickly.

Rosario said one of the key things that distinguishes the Lazare Diamond from the rest is the fine cutting and polishing of each diamond and this was also emphasized to trainees.

Having the right diamonds, nice quality diamonds was important hence Lazare Kaplan’s return to Botswana as having diamonds alone was not enough.  Not all diamond companies were going to last without quality goods.

Arguably one of the best stones ever produced, cut and polished in Botswana was an 8 carat stone which received excellent grades for both the cutting and polishing at an showing in Las Vegas.

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