The biggest diamond to have been discovered in Botswana has been named Lesedi la Rona (Our light). The 1.111 carat recovered in November 2015 at Karowe Mine was successfully named by Thembani Moitlhobogi who won himself P25 000 in the naming competition.
After recovering the diamond, Lucara started a competition for Batswana to come up with a name for the precious stone. According to Lucara Chief Financial Officer Naseem Bamulahiri the competition attracted more than 11 000 entries.
Bamulahiri said the competition required Batswana to come up with names for the stone and give the rationale behind the name. She said with the help of auditors Ernst and Young Moitlhobogi’s name was chosen as the winner. “We engaged the audit firm Ernst and Young to ensure transparency and independence during the name selection process,” she said.
Bamulahiri said the rationale which Moitlhobogi gave behind Lesedi la Rona is that the diamond is the pride, light and hope of Batswana as diamonds are main contributors to the economy of the country and are a big part of the heritage of Batswana.
Lucara congratulated Moitlhobogi and all those who have taken part in the naming competition. The price giving ceremony will be held on Thursday evening at Phakalane Golf Estate.