Sunday, September 20, 2020

Disaster Management gets hefty injection from Chinese bank

The Industrial Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) donated to the National Disaster Management Fund (NDMF) a cheque of P250 000.

The cheque was received by the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, on behalf of the NDMF at the Gaborone International Conferance Center on Monday.

The donation will help those who were affected by the flooding of the Okavango Delta earlier this year.

Many people were displaced when the Okavango River overflowed.
The chairman of the ICBC, Jiang Jianqing, witnessed the beauty of the Okavango even though it was not in its best state. This caused the chairman to donate to the NDMF so as to help the government of Botswana help those who had been displaced by the flooding of the river.

In an interview with Sunday Standard, Tebogo Modiakgotla, the Information Education and Public Awareness officer, said, “The money received from ICBC will not be divided or specified for a specific village or task. The money will go into the NDMF account and will be spent appropriately.”

Modiakgotla said that the money will be spent wisely as they have to always be on alert that some natural disasters can happen at any time.

At the same event, the ICBC chairman also donated P250 000 to the Lady Khama Trust so as to help them elevate Batswana out of poverty.

The cheque was supposed to be received by Jacqueline Khama but was instead received by her son, Dale Fre-Haar, the secretary of the trust.

Jiang Jianqing was in Botswana to sign a loan agreement for the construction of the Morupule coal mine expansion.
It was when he spent a weekend at the Okavango that he saw the damage done by the over-flooded river first hand.

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