The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, has showered praises on Karowe Diamond Mine in Boteti Sub District for contributing to the welfare of communities in its area of operation and its adherence to environmental health regulations.
During a recent tour of the mine with his entourage, the Governor said it is pleasing that Karowe Mine, owned by Lucara DiamondÔÇöa Canadian company–has placed the interests of local citizens at heart.
“It is pleasing to note that Karowe Mine has contributed immensely to the welfare of the communities in its operation. It is also clear that the mine observes environmental health regulations,” he said.
The governor was responding to a presentation by the chief of Letlhakane Village in the Boteti Sub District, Baruntshi Kegapetswe.
The Chief had lauded the mine for participating in community projects. Kegapetswe said Karowe Mine has always taken the communities on board, with regard to its operations and has continued to assist the vulnerable members of the communities in its vicinity such as the disabled and the poor.
Johnston said that the wellbeing of local communities, such as those of Boteti residents, is non-negotiable.
“As the authors of the African Mining Vision have stated, we must ensure mining contributes to local development by making sure workers and communities get tangible benefits from industrial mining and that their environment is protected,” he said.
The governor further said that Canadians and Batswana are closely linked when it comes to mining. He said Canadians have a great deal of expertise and experience in the mining sector, and are also committed to respecting human rights, promoting democracy and strengthening the rule of law.
“The people of Canada expect our mining companies to operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner both at home and around the world. We also expect the same from foreign companies and governments operating in our own country,” he said.
Johnston expressed optimism that there is great potential between the governments of Canada and Botswana, communities and good corporate citizens to work together for mutual prosperity and success. Johnston said that mining plays an important role in building strong economies and supporting communities.
“To achieve our goals, we must commit to continuous dialogue and cooperation. We must work together in good faith to develop solutions that serve all stakeholders,” he said.