On Thursday, 27th March 2014 Debswana Jwaneng Mine in collaboration with Debswana Technical Services handed over three projects to the Maboane village as part of the company’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme.
The three projects were an ambulance and a porta-cabin for the Maboane Clinic as well as play facilities for the Maboane Primary School.
Maboane village authorities and the beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to the efforts made by Debswana to improving the lives of people in areas surrounding the Jwaneng Mine.
Kgosi Tirelo Motseonageng of Maboane thanked Debswana for the projects, highlighting that the ambulance would help improve service delivery in the clinic and village as a whole.
For his part, the Member of Parliament for Letlhakeng West, Ngaka Ngaka indicated that the educational and play facilities donated to the Maboane Primary School will improve the learning capacity of pupils and hence improvement in the school’s performance.
He encouraged the mine to continue working closely with its stakeholders in the identification of sustainable projects that can be implemented for the benefit of the communities around the mine.
In his keynote address, the Jwaneng Mine Senior Manager – Sustainability, Tefo Molosiwa emphasized that the gesture is aligned to one of Debswana values, the ‘Show we Care’ value, through which the company pledges to partner with communities to create a legacy of prosperity, sustainability and empowerment. Molosiwa further stated that Health and Education are pivotal areas for the company’s CSI programme, hence the investment in Maboane.
Debswana Group Projects Manager, Johannes Rademan reiterated that all Debswana Projects have a mandate of leaving a lasting legacy in communities.
He highlighted the partnership between Debswana and institutions like the Jwaneng Technical College and the Gaborone Technical College which he said aimed primarily at equipping students at these institutions with sound technical skills to enhance their performances and career paths.
Rademan expressed hope that the Maboane Primary School would produce future technical experts who would contribute positively to Botswana’s economy.