Mining giant, Debswana, has awarded certificates to employees who served the mine for 25 years as a way of appreciation and recognition.
Neo Moroka, the Chief Executive Officer of De Beers Holdings, said at Orapa Letlhakane Mines (OLM), they had found it imperative to recognise these employees as they have contributed immensely to the growth of the mine and its contribution to the economy of the country.
“Your long service illustrates your understanding of the importance of your role as individuals in contributing to the economy of the country,” said Moroka.
Moroka went on to establish that diamonds are of greater value to Botswana because they have contributed immensely to the growth of the economy of the country.
“This is why the government of Botswana and Debswana Mining Company have invested so much in training and educating us,” Moroka pointed out.
He added that 25 years ago, Debswana started as a small mining company as compared to other mining companies but it then blossomed to be the largest miner of diamonds in the world by value, employing up to 5 000 employees.
Moroka further revealed that the mine has been through some restructuring exercises which the employees have managed to adapt to and witnessed. He praised the employees for turning Debswana diamond dreams into reality and further making Botswana a success story.
The General Manager of the Orapa Letlhakane Mines, Mmetla Masire, also applauded the employees for their dedication and their loyalty and service to the mine, adding that they contributed significantly to building the mine and the economy of Botswana.
“This includes 58 and 37 employees who completed 25 years of loyal service in 2009 and 2010 respectively,” Masire remarked.
Helen Motaneko, one of the recipients of the awards told Sunday Standard that although there has been ups and downs in the company, just like any other organization, she feels proud to be recognised for her long service to the Debswana Mining Company.
“I started working for Debswana in 1985 and I managed to raise my family through the help of the company not forgetting the power of God,” she said.