Youth sparkle in diamond contest

Diamond jewellery design talent in Botswana and neighbouring countries, Namibia and South Africa has been seen to be a promising undertaking for the youth.

This has been realized by De Beers after an extensive search through the three countries that unearthed nine hopeful winners for the company’s ‘Shinning Light Awards’.

The awards provide a platform to nurture and develop emerging talent, while also highlighting the positive opportunities that exist along the diamond value chain.

The three local entrants are Gaone Otsile, Tshepo Dithebele and Mbako Baraedi, who will be competing with Namibians, Richardlee Shoombee, Frans Uunona and Taleni Udeiko as well as South Africans Omphile Sibanda, Gabrielle Lourens and Andile Mbeje.

Speaking about the competition, De Beers Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Government Relations, Pat Dambe, the Group is committed to ensuring the benefit of the youth, in the diamond sectors in the countries of De Beers diamond producer partners.


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