Through Debswana Corporate Social Investment Fund Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines donated 2.2 million to different villages this week for their development.
Two weeks back CSI fund also donated 2.1 million to Boteti Sub District Council to help in various community projects in the area.
In his keynote address OLDM General Manager Dr Adrian Gale said the investments show their commitment to creating lasting impact and to build long term sustainable partnership with communities. He said these projects will not only create jobs but also ensure self-reliance and economic growth for the area. “As a responsible corporate entity in this country Debswana is fully committed to community improvement. These sustainable projects will not only generate revenue to the communities but also develop the local skills and create employment opportunities. I urge beneficiaries to continue working with us and make us aware of needs of the community out there,” said Gale.
CSI Board Chair Thatayaone Sithole said the aim of the programme was to create, build and maintain sustainable partnerships so that communities benefit from the legacy diamond. He said OLD Mines are aiming to ensure that contribution to community development covers a wider range of their area of operation of Boteti.
“Our programme focuses on education, environment, small business development, Arts and Culture, health and sports development. We need to work together with communities on a more regular basis addressing Kgotla meetings to ensure that they can make proposals that have more meaningful contribution to their socio-economic development.” Said Sithole
Giving vote of thanks Boteti Sub District Council secretary Christopher Maramba said these projects will help to uplift the lives of the beneficiaries and their communities. He said it is the government’s obligation to ensure that remote areas are economically empowered to eradicate poverty.
“The government on its own will not manage to achieve this without the help of private sector. Through this initiative Debswana truly demonstrate commitment to create a legacy of prosperity, sustainability and empowering Batswana. The projects will assist in poverty eradication, reduce unemployment in remote areas. I urge fellow beneficiaries to ensure the funds given are used for what they have been intended for,” aid Maramba