Molokomme Appreciates Debswana Leaders

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Debswana board member and Attorney General, Dr Athaliah Molokomme has expressed gratitude to all those who made the Debswana story a glittering success.

Giving a vote of thanks at Debswana’s 45th anniversary gala dinner on November 7, she said the gratitude went to the past and current leaders for their foresight. She also commended inhabitants of the areas where the various mines were established, past and present board members as well as employees and their families.

Dr Molokomme said Debswana was an important player in Botswana’s success story. Since the launch of the Orapa mine in 1972, she said Botswana’s fiscal outline had never been the same. He added that Botswana transitioned from one of the poorest in the world to a middle income nation.

She said in 1969 the first group of Debswana sponsored students were sent to London, adding that up untill 2009, over 1 000 Batswana had benefited from Debswana scholarship programmes. For that reason, she said the Debswana board had recently tasked management to urgently explore the possibility of reviving the programme.

As part of its socio-economic development, she said the company ran a social responsibility programme which seeks to make meaningful interventions at community and national level to assist the needy in areas of HIVAIDS management, education, environment, sports and youth empowerment programmes.

From modest beginnings in 1974, she said Debswana’s corporate social investment budget had grown over the years and now stood at P15 million annually.

The gala dinner, which was meant to celebrate 45 years of Debswana’s incorporation which happened on 23 June 1969, was graced by former presidents, Sir Ketumile Masire and Dr Festus Mogae, former vice president, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe and former prospectors who discovered all the four diamond mines in Botswana.

The event was also meant to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of men and women who over the past 45 years had steadfastly mined diamonds safely and diligently with due regard to environmental protection and good relations with host communities.

As the first dream changers, whose efforts resulted in the mining and selling of diamonds whose revenues contributed immensely to the education of most Batswana, the former prospectors were each awarded certificates and trophies to appreciate the role they played in the discovery of diamond mines in Botswana.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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