The General Manager of Debswana Orapa, Letlhakane – Damtshaa Mine (OLDM), Dr Adrian Gale has assured residents of Boteti Sub District that the mine will continue its support in uplifting their lives by funding community projects.
During an official hand over of the mine’s Corporate Social Investment(CSI) projects for 2012 ┬áworth P2.2 million on Monday in Orapa, he said that Debswana is fully committed to ┬ábuilding a long term partnership with the communities of Boteti Sub District. ┬á
“The projects that we have funded will not only create jobs, but also ensure self reliance. We are also fully committed to working with other key stakeholders in the area of community development, to ensure that our footprints reach all four corners of Boteti Sub District. These projects will not only generate revenue for communities, but also develop the local skills and create employment opportunities,” he said.
Dr Gale revealed that the money that was disbursed includes P484 000 which will go towards supporting the establishment and refurbishment of sewing and bakery projects at Khwee, Mmeya, Kedia and Xere villages. He said that P450 000 will go towards the┬á building of┬á a classroom block comprising of two classrooms at Supang Primary School in Letlhakane Primary School.
“P252 000 will go towards the construction of 100 pit latrines in Metsialela ward in Letlhakane that has a population of about 3000 but with only five pit latrines thus┬á posing a serious environmental hazard,” he added.
Touching on some of the projects that have already been handed by the mine to Boteti Sub District Council, he said that P250 000 was donated to Orapa Kgotla to purchase a vehicle for official use.
He also said that P288 000 was disbursed to purchase giant multi-purpose photocopying machines for Mogapi, Khwee, Mosu, Mmea, Toromoja, Xhumo, Xere, Khumaga, Moremaoto, Senete and Nswazi Primary Schools.
“Some of the funds will be used in the development of a monument at Mokgalo wa Kgama in Kedia, establishment of a poultry and water harvesting project at Xere Primary Schools, construction of a clinic at Mabeleapudi and the installation of air conditioners and Mopipi Community Junior Secondary School ” Dr Gale said.
He implored the beneficiaries of the funds to continue working hard to ensure that the investments positively benefit them.
The Debswana Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme was established in 2006 with a prime objective to create, build and maintain sustainable partnerships so that communities benefit from its diamond legacy.