Investing in the people of Lesotho through education

As part of our investment in the future of Lesotho, Gem Diamonds, through our Letšeng operation, provides full tertiary scholarships to Basotho students. These talented individuals (depicted below) were chosen out of numerous applicants to receive this prestigious scholarship for the entire course of their studies in fields related to mining.

Letšeng believes in developing skills locally by investing in the education of promising students, thereby supporting the localisation of our workforce. The programme has been hugely successful with 43 students supported over 13 years.

“My name is Liteboho Mpobole. I have been admitted at the University of Johannesburg, where I am going to study BTech in Mineral Resource Management under Letšeng’s scholarship. Upon completion of my studies, I will work hard to contribute to the efficient and effective management of Letšeng’s and the country’s mineral wealth for the benefit of the entire Basotho nation. I am more than grateful to the mine for the scholarship support.” – Liteboho Mpobole

In addition to scholarships, Letšeng offers internships to graduates. This enables graduates to gain valuable work experience and further their careers.

“My name is Sebongile Matuba-tuba. I was a student at the University of Pretoria, where I just completed a BSc Hons in Geology. While at the University, Letšeng’s scholarship helped me greatly because I was able to meet all needs in time, without worrying about tuition and other necessities. I have now started my internship at Letšeng mine. I am learning a lot and I receive all support and guidance needed. I would like to thank Letšeng in a special way for the opportunity.” – Sebongile Matuba-tuba