Thursday, July 18, 2024

Stanbic Bank, De Beers sponsor cultural dinner

Stanbic Bank Botswana and De Beers Group of Companies partnered with Tlhokomela Trust this past weekend in Kasane, co-sponsoring the Giants Club Summit Cultural Dinner aimed at showcasing some of Botswana’s favorite traditional cuisine and dance music. The dinner was attended by philanthropists, ministers and officials from various governments, as well as corporate leaders from Europe, China, the US and Africa.

“CSI is more than an intervention in communities, it is a vital part of our business,” said Stanbic Bank Head of Marketing, Stephanie Stoneham.  “We are proactive in identifying opportunities for CSI interventions arising from key social, environmental and community issue. She said the bank aims to build sustainable partnerships with partners who include national, provincial and local government, non-profit organizations and international organisations such as Space for Giants.

“We work with these partners to create solutions and make use of their capabilities in implementing projects,” she said, “One such initiative was the Giants Club Summit 2018 hosted by Tlhokomela Trust. We are extremely proud to have been part of enabling the coming together of regional and international stakeholders to deliberate on the future of our Giants, and how we can proactively protect them going forward.”

De Beers Global Sightholder Sales Corporate Affairs Vice President, Patience Dambe, said Conservation and Biodiversity were important focus areas for the De Beers Group. “We are the only mining company to have committed itself to taking a positive action in support of biodiversity,” she said.

Dambe said in line with De Beers’ social investment and sustainability efforts towards supporting the communities in which the company operates they remain committed to support initiatives geared towards Botswana’s socio-economic growth and diversification.

“Conservation and Biodiversity are important focus areas for the De Beers Group. We are the only mining company to have committed itself to taking a positive action in support of biodiversity,” she said, adding, “Through Debswana’s Orapa and Jwana Game Park in Jwaneng, our commitment is exemplified as they form part of the Diamond Route ÔÇô our conservation and biodiversity programme, links seven diverse sites covering 145,000 hectares across southern Africa.”

The dinner was hosted at Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa. Matsosangwao Traditional Group provided the entertainment for the night.

The Giants Club Summit unites visionary leaders of African elephant-range states, enlightened heads of major businesses operating in Africa, global philanthropists, key influencers and leading wildlife protection experts. Together, these individuals provide the very highest levels of political action, financial investment, global influence and technical capacity that are needed to protect Africa’s remaining elephant populations from poaching, habitat loss, and human-elephant conflict.


Read this week's paper