The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dorcus Makgatho Malesu, has commended long service employees at Debswana Orapa Letlhakane Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) for their contribution in the growth of the mining company and the economy at large.
Giving a key note address during the annual OLDM long service awards, which were held in Orapa last week, she said that the long service employees contributed immensely to making Debswana a mining giant that has contributed significantly to the welfare of Batswana.
“It is about looking at those years when you made the decision to join Debswana, and appreciating the milestones that have been achieved from those many years’ ago. These milestones could not have been achieved without the individual input by each of tonight long service award recipients,” he said.
She also said that Debswana is one of the few companies in the country and even in the world to have a rich composition of skills and wisdom by the various age groups within its workforce. She said that while prudent management of the company has resulted in its success, the employees have also contributed immensely in building that success.
“Individually, you have made an immense contribution to the transformation of this company and country. That you ought to be proud of,” she added.
The Minister said that by demonstrating loyalty and delivering results, the employees played a significant role in shaping the lives of many, thus allowing access to food for the less privileged, access to potable water and national infrastructural development. Malesu further urged the employees to appreciate their contribution to the company and the country’s economy.
“Debswana’s contribution to the national GDP would have been lower than it stands currently if it was not for you as the employees,” she added.
Malesu noted that although the mine had to face challenges, such as the global economic crisis, instead of deserting the company, the employees remained loyal.
She further commended Debswana for its commitment in providing good working conditions for its employees leading to a content workforce.
One hundred and three employees were given with long service award certificates. Categories ranged from employees who served the company for 20 to 35 years.