The General Manager of Debswana Orapa and Letlhakane Mines, Sebetlela Sebetlela, is expected to once again present positive production results and above target production levels at a dinner hosted for the media fraternity on Monday.
Sebetlela is also expected to, among other things, update the media on progress that the mine has made in improving safety, health and environment conditions, and their success in achieving record production levels and reaching their targets before time.
While the mine officials would not be drawn into revealing details of their production levels as it would form part of the General Manager’s speech on Monday, The Sunday Standard is reliably informed that both OLM and Jwaneng mines have been able to surpass this year’s targets. Earlier this year, Sebetlela revealed that they had been able to reach record production levels for the previous year largely because of their performance management systems and performance reward systems.
It is expected that Sebetlela will once again present positive results for this year’s production levels and highlight the strategies that they will employ to meet the challenges that will crop up next year.
The general manager will on Monday host members of the media fraternity to express appreciation and gratitude for their support in the year 2007, especially in recognition of their support in the company’s quest to recover and mine diamonds efficiently in its pursuit to be the global benchmark diamond operation.
Sebetlela and President Festus Mogae have in the past called on the media to rally behind Debswana and government and inform the nation, especially when they were involved in a bruising media brawl with London based Survival International which had embarked on a high level smear campaign to discredit Botswana’s diamonds after a long running dispute between the government and Basarwa over the latter’s relocation from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
At the height of the dispute, Survival International went on an international media campaign to label Botswana diamonds as blood diamonds alleging that the government’s claim that they were relocating Basarwa to bring them closer to national resources and social services was a fallacy as the real reason was to make space for diamond mining.