OLMD pledges P4.4m for community projects in Boteti

• District Health Management Team receives two vehicles for contact-tracing • Special education block built at a school

OLMD pledges P4.4m for community projects in Boteti
LETLHAKANE 16 October, 2017, A general view of the Letlhakane diamond mine on 16 October 2017 Local media visits the Orapa and Letlhakane diamond mine in a invitation from Debswana on the same day. (Pic: MONIRUL BHUIYAN/PRESS PHOTO)

Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) will invest funds amounting to P4.4 million in sustainable community projects in Boteti during 2021. This forms part of the company’s wider Corporate Social Investment Programme (CSI) for its zones of influence.

OLDM General Manager Bakani Motlhabani announced this at a recent stakeholder briefing of the Boteti Sub-District Council. Motlhabani further explained that the approved funds will go towards supporting new and existing initiatives, among them a food security programme, the Boteti Diamond Dreams Academic Awards, a textile manufacturing project for People Living With Disabilities, and development of a conservation park.

He said that some of the projects to be supported were initiated in 2020 and are progressing well.

In re-affirming Debswana’s commitment to community development for Boteti, the OLDM General Manager disclosed to the council that the mine’s total COVID-19 community support alone for the 2020 financial year amounted to P8.5 million  while funds spent under the company’s Corporate Social Investment Programme totalled P13.6 million.

He gave examples of key milestones achieved in 2020 under OLDM’s CSI programme and named construction and handing over of a maternity ward at Letlhakane Primary Hospital; continuous support to 34 schools  in the Boteti region to mitigate COVID-19 impacts, procurement  and donation of medical supplies, equipment and PPE for the Boteti District Management Health Team, refurbishment of Mmatshumo COVID-19 isolation centre; provision of food parcels to communities during lockdown; and construction of a special education block at Tsienyane School, among them.

Motlhabani assured the councillors that Orapa Mine Hospital will continue to fulfil its core mandate of providing health services in the Boteti region and serve as a referral hospital as part of Debswana’s overarching objective of supporting government’s health service delivery in the region.

At the same event, OLDM management made a donation of two vehicles, a Toyota Corolla and a Mercedes Benz 7-seater combi, to the District Health Management Team (DHMT) for use in improving their COVID-19 contact tracing efforts.

“Our continuing support to the Boteti community forms a part of Debswana’s efforts to live up to its purpose of making life brilliant for the communities that we operate in so that we can eventually realise our objective to create a lasting legacy of prosperity and resilience beyond the life of our mines,” Motlhabani said.