As part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme, Debswana Orapa Letlhakane- Damtshaa Mine (OLDM) donated over P2 million to Mokoboxane Primary School last week in Boteti Sub District. The funds will go towards developing the school’s infrastructure.
Debswana has also adopted Mokoboxane Primary School through the “Adopt a School” government initiative. The Debswana CSI programme was established in 2006 replacing the then Debswana Donations Fund. The main aim of the programme is to create, build and maintain sustainable partnerships so that communities could benefit from its legacy of diamonds.
In the past two years, through its CSI programme, Debswana also donated a total of P5.5 million to Boteti Sub District Council to support various projects. P2.25 million from the funds was used to support the Presidential Housing Appeal Project while P3.25 million was disbursed to support various projects in the district, ranging from sports, arts, culture, health, environment education and community development and school infrastructure.
Briefing the participants on the project during the handing over of the funds and the ground breaking ceremony last week in Mokoboxane village, Senior Support Services Manager at OLDM, Thatayaone Sithole said that in 2013, OLDM responded to government’s call for private partnerships in education by adopting Mokoboxane Primary School.
“The funds we are donating today will help in development of infrastructure such as classrooms and an administration block for this school. The building works of this project was awarded to Jacker North West Tswana; a grade B registered company by the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) and the contract duration is 20 weeks,” Sithole said.
He said through the Debswana CSI programme, the mine intends to create, build and maintain sustainable partnerships so that communities can benefit from the legacy of diamonds. Sithole said in line with the Debswana company strategy and Botswana National Vision 2016, their programme has six primary focus areas which are, education for both primary and secondary schools, environment issues, small business development, arts and culture development, health including HIV/Aids support to communities and sports development.
Giving a keynote address, the Acting Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mokgweetsi Masisi showered praises on Debswana for embracing the social and economic responsibility of being a good corporate citizen.
“Debswana has always embraced the social and economic responsibility of being a good corporate citizen and is the foundation of the development story of Botswana. The good story of Botswana as a country is the good story of Debswana as a company,” he said.
Masisi further hailed Debswana for adopting Mokoboxane Primary School, saying the move will help government in its endeavour to better the quality of education in the country.
Government introduced the “Adopt a School” initiative in 2012 in an endeavour to deliver quality education in public schools by utilizing human resources, experience and talents of individuals and the business community.
The minister said the success of the “Adopt a School” programme should result in a vibrant education sector which will position Botswana as a regional centre of excellence in education, training and research through provision of a competent national human resource skill base in areas required for economic diversification and sustainable growth.
“Government would single headedly not be able to achieve such for all the schools without the help of the private sector, individuals and the business community. We are grateful for the increasing support we are getting since inception of the “Adopt a School initiative” Masisi said.
He urged students to make meaningful contributions towards the economy by working very hard in their studies. He further implored Debswana to help students at Mokoboxane Primary School by providing skills and training through entrepreneurship training, coaching and mentoring for both teachers and learners.
“I hope where possible, the mine employees will avail themselves and provide the relevant guidance to the community. I urge that you be the example that all these students and their parents should look up to,” he said.