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Letšeng mitigates the impact mining activities have on the environment through responsible environmental management that includes biodiversity preservation and rehabilitation of disturbed land.
To ensure responsible end of life of mine land use and rehabilitation, Letšeng conducts rehabilitation trials utilising waste rock.
Sustainable water management is a key priority for Letšeng and the operation has implemented a comprehensive water management strategy that includes quality preservation and usage reduction measures.
The cornerstone of Letšeng’s safety management strategy is “My Brother’s Keeper”. Being a Brother’s Keeper means taking responsibility for all team members and ensuring that they work safely.
Letšeng supports sustainable farming and subsistence farmers through the Butha-Buthe Vegetable Project and the Mokhotlong Dairy Project.
Letšeng constructed a footbridge to provide safe passage to the pupils of the Pae-la-itlhatsoa Primary School in the rainy season.
Letšeng’s focus on berm retention and careful execution of final walls has enhanced the safety of mining operations at the mine.
Letšeng operates a mixed fleet of 49 dump trucks consisting of 19 x CAT 777s, 14 x CAT 773s and 16 x CAT 745s. These machines move 2.5 to 3 million tonnes of material each month.
An aerial view of the Letšeng Main and Satellite pipes that produce the world's most valuable diamonds. The two kimberlite pipes have a total footprint of 20ha. The pits which are currently just over 250m deep, have a total footprint of 110ha and have a planned final depth of 450m placing them among the deepest pits in the world.
At more than 3 000 metres above sea level, winters at Letšeng Mine are always a challenge with extreme temperatures, wind and snow.
Recovered diamonds are weighed, photographed and described in detail as part of Letšeng’s diamond recording and accounting practice.
Contractors are seen placing a filter membrane on the downstream slopes of the Mothusi fresh water supply dam during the rehabilitation activities in which the wall was raised and widened.
Letšeng Diamonds provides a successful learning platform to equip employees and interns with the required practical and operational experience.
The Letšeng Diamond Discovery Centre, located at Letšeng's offices in Maseru, is an interactive learning hub providing the history of diamonds, the Letšeng Diamond Mine and the diamond mining industry in Lesotho.
Gem Diamonds announces the recovery of a 125 carat top quality white diamond from the Letšeng mine on 31 May 2022
A 179 carat high quality white Type 1 diamond was recovered at Letšeng on 26 November 2020 – the 16th diamond of over 100 carats recovered at Letšeng in 2020.
A high quality 104 carat white diamond recovered at Letšeng on 8 November 2020 - the 15th diamond of over 100 carats recovered at Letšeng in 2020.
On 16 October 2020, a 111.99 carat high quality Type I yellow diamond was recovered at Letšeng, the 13th diamond of over 100 carats recovered in 2020.
A 13.32 carat Type I pink diamond recovered at the Letšeng mine on 7 February 2019. More information on this diamond can be found here.
A 101 carat and a 71 carat Type IIa white diamonds, both recovered within a twenty-four-hour period, at the Letšeng mine on 15 and 16 December 2018 respectively.
A 910 carat Type IIa white diamond, the largest diamond from the Letšeng mine to date, recovered on 12 January 2018. More information on this diamond can be found here.
A 117 carat and a 110 carat Type IIa white diamonds recovered at the Letšeng mine on 6 January 2018.
The Many-spotted Snake or Cape Reed Snake (Amplorhinus multimaculatus); one of the snakes found in the Letšeng Diamond Mine Lease area
The Maluti River Frog (Amietia vertebralis) Sensitive species found at the artificial Qaqa wetland. Existence of this species is an indication of a successful phytoremediation initiative within the wetland.
The Spiral Aloe, Lekhala Kharetsa or Many-Leaved Aloe (Aloe polyphylla) one of the protected species endemic to Lesotho. it is found outside the Mine Lease area, however Letšeng Diamonds monitor the plants on an annual basis.
Disa cephalotes subsp. Frigida One of the species found in the Mine Lease area; its natural habitat is well managed and protected. It is endemic to the Drakensberg Mountains and Maluti Mountains.
The Pineapple Flower (Eucomis schijffii): One of the species, found within the Mine Lease area; its natural habitat is well managed and protected. It is endemic to the Drakensberg Mountains and Maluti mountains of Lesotho
Mountain Pipit (Anthus hoeschi): A globally Near Threatened and localised endemic species restricted to the Lesotho Highlands Endemic Bird Area. It is a predominantly summer breeding visitor to Letšeng in grassland and shrubveld areas.
Ground Woodpecker (Geocolaptes olivaceus): The global conservation status was recently uplisted from Least Concern to Near Threatened. Increased observations around Letšeng have been made in the past few years. Also a localised endemic species that is restricted to the Lesotho Highlands Endemic Bird Area
Drakensberg Rock Jumper (Chaetops aurantius): The global conservation status has recently been uplisted from Least Concern to Near Threatened, with a high frequency of occurrence at Letšeng and surrounds. Also one of two species that are restricted to the Afro-tropical Highlands Biome with the Drakensberg siski (Serinus symonsi)