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Botswana diamond mines still have far to go

The general manager of Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa mines, Sebetlela Sebetlela, has told journalists during their visit to the Orapa mine recently that the Debswana mines still had a long way to go as far as development was concerned. "Our objectives are to create a legacy of prosperity, sustainability and empowerment nationally and within the communities in which the company operates. We also intend to ensure that the company does not leave the mining communities worse off than when it started operating. 

These objectives are aligned to Botswana's Vision 2016 and the Debswana business strategy which seeks to optimise resources while, at the same time contributing to the development and wellbeing of the community, thus enriching the nation," he said. 

The visit to the mining town by journalists was aimed at familiarising the local media with Orapa mine. The journalists who represented different media houses were also given an overview of the improving safety trend and the mines health services, which are accessible to the communities around Orapa. 

Meanwhile, to show their commitment to community development, Debswana have finished some of their multi-million Pula projects within various communities. Some of these projects include the P22m Letlhakane link road, P13m Damtshaa road and the half a million Pula donations to various communities.


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