British envoy lauds Debswana mines’ charity gesture
by Obusitse Kologwe
The British High Commissioner to Botswana, Jennifer Anderson, has lauded Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) for their continuous support of the needy, particularly the disadvantaged people of the Boteti Sub District.
Giving a keynote address during the recent General Manager Sponsored Charity’s Walk over the weekend in Orapa, Anderson said such corporate responsibility will help the country achieve its vision that advocates for a better future for its citizens.
“Poverty is an international phenomenon calling for collective partnerships from all entities in the different parts of the world, if we are to win the war against it. It is pleasing to note that the proceeds from today’s charity walk will benefit the disadvantaged residents of Boteti region and, as such, initiatives like this demonstrate that Debswana is an active stake-holder in Botswana’s welfare,” she said.
Anderson further commended the Botswana government for its engagement in poverty eradication programmes. She said that the recent Diphuduhudu convention attests to the government’s commitment in not only alleviating poverty, but eradicating it.
“The British government has a stated commitment to tackle poverty, from childhood to old age, by tackling the causes of poverty and social exclusion, not just the symptoms,” she said.
She added that the main aim of the strategy is to increase poor families’ income through education and breaking the cycle of deprivation by ensuring that children are given access to quality education.
OLDM held the annual General Manager’s Charity Walk as part of Debswana’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) projects. The walk was aimed at raising funds for the socio-economic benefit of the people of Boteti Sub District. The walk also came in as part of the endeavor by the mines to extend efforts to some of the settlements identified by government during the Diphuduhudu Convention.
The event was held under the theme "Towards Effective and Sustainable Community Development."