JWANENG ÔÇô ‘Diamonds of Hope’, a volunteer group comprising of some Debswana Jwaneng Mine employees says it will soon approach the Registrar of Societies seeking formal registration.
Started with the aim of soliciting contributions from individuals to help raise funds for students who were involved in the car accidents that claimed some lives of Matsha College students late last year, Diamonds of Hope has now resolved to expand its community outreach programmes, thus the need for formal registration.
The group Chairman, Nicolas Ematang, an Asset Management Engineer at the Jwaneng Debswana mine said following the success of the Matsha College fund raiser, the group will identify other causes for the society to tackle.
“We believe a more meaningful impact can be realized through a fund-raising dinner. Our next step will be to formalize registration of Diamonds of Hope and then identify another cause to embark on,” he said.
Meanwhile Ematang handed over a cheque of more than P120, 000 to the Kweneng Disaster Management team to assist Matsha College students who survived the horrible accident. When accepting the cheque, Kweneng District Commissioner Boingotlo Ngaka urged the Jwaneng business community in Jwaneng to seriously look into their social responsibility policies to further assist the surviving victims to attain their dreams of furthering their studies. For his part, Debswana Jwaneng Mine General Manager, Albert Milton pledged an additional P30, 000 from the Debswana cycling club. Milton noted that through the dinner, Diamonds of Hope have made Debswana’s ‘Show we care’ value a reality as they demonstrated that they believed in change and instilling hope. The Association currently has ten members among them former communications manager at the Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privitisation Agency (PEEPA), Montlenyane Baaitse who heads Corporate Affairs at Jwaneng mine as well as Keodumetse Mosarwa who is Vice Chair.
Other members are, Sethunya Moala (Treasurer), Kesegofetse Ipotseng (Secretary), Pedro Kgobe (Publicity), Prince Puleng (Member), Kenneth Staddon, (Member), Modiri Seitei (Member), Dr. M Nsebula (Member). The dinner was attended by Jwaneng Mayor, affected area Member of Parliament Ngaka Ngaka as well as executives from local businesses.