Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Debswana increases water supply to communities during state of emergency

As part of its community response plan, Debswana has increased the supply of water to communities around all its mining cites in Botswana.

In an initiative aimed at putting “the safety and health of its people ahead of all, as well as continuing to render the much-needed support to the communities around our operations”, Debswana has put in place additional measures to assist the communities of Kedia, Mokoboxane in the Boteti area as well as Sese and Betesankwe in the Jwaneng area, with water.

According to a press statement from Debswana, “the company saw it fit to augment the provision of water to these villages where supply has always been a challenge at a time where hygiene is at the top of the agenda to effectively deal with the spread of the Corona Virus.”

Debswana Head of Corporate Affairs, Rachel Mothibatsela, explained that this was a continuation of the amiable relationship between the Debswana Mines and its surrounding communities. “We have a good relationship with the communities around our mines; as well as a good partnership with Water Utilities Corporation (WUC). We decided that we would add to the efforts that WUC has made in supplying water to our neighbouring villages to ensure that at a critical time like this there is no shortage of a basic need such as water. In this time of crisis, this goes a long way in maintaining our commitment to our company’s sustainability goals, the nation’s Vision 2036 goals and the world’s Sustainable Development Goals.” She went on to explain that the Mines have been and continue to provide thousands of litres of water on a weekly basis to surrounding communities.”

Jwaneng Mine delivers 80 000 cubic litres of water every week on some days to its neighbouring villages of Sese and Betesankwe, with WUC supplying the same on alternate days. Additionally, Debswana’s Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mine (OLDM) has been supplying water to Letlhakane village since August 2018 as and when the need arises; and has now commenced the provision of an additional 700 cubic litres of water into the village’s reservoir. This will significantly boost water availability for the village of over 26,000 people. In the last week, OLDM has also extended the supply of water to the villages of Mokoboxane and Kedia through a 20,000-litre bowser. The Mine supplies water to each village three times a week to replenish their tanks.

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