Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) have made a commitment that the proceeds of this year’s General Manager’s Charity Walk and funds accumulated from the previous walks will go towards building a maternity wing at Letlhakane Primary Hospital. OLDM GM Bakani Motlhabani made this commitment in a keynote address at Itekeng stadium during the Charity Walk in Orapa last Saturday. Under the theme: 50 years of Orapa Kimberlite – 50 years of Diamonds for Development, the charity walk was held in recognition of the important contribution that diamonds have made to the development of Botswana since they were discovered in 1967. “As a company, we pride ourselves in being a strong brand synonymous with national development,” said Motlhabani, adding it is against this backdrop that this year’s proceeds and those from the previous walks will be focusing on health. Borrowing a quote from former President Festus Mogae, Motlhabani said: “For our people, every diamond purchase represents better living conditions, safe drinking water and more roads to connect our remote communities as well as better healthcare.” “While we have one of the best primary healthcare systems, it is important that as the private sector we compliment and support government in providing good health care services,” said Motlhabani.
He expressed happiness to note that while the Orapa Mine Hospital will continue to serve as a referral health facility for the rest of the Boteti Sub-District. Motlhabani said the project – maternity wing – was jointly identified by OLDM, the Boteti community and their local authority counterparts. He added that the implementation of the project will start soon. Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) CEO Charles Siwawa said the development demonstrates how a true partnership between the mining entity and its surrounding communities can uplift the plight of the needy. “The principle of forging such partnerships is not only aligned to our National Vision 2036 but it is also aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) both of which advocate for a better tomorrow for all global citizens, the promotion of healthy lives and the wellbeing for all,” he said. Launched in 2002, the proceeds from the GM’s Charity Walk have constantly been directed at making a change in the lives of the people of Boteti Sub-District.