Debswana Jwaneng Mine Acting General Manager Koolaotse Koolaotse says the mine is committed to uplifting and empowerment of local communities situated around the mining town through its Cooperative Social Investment (CSI) initiatives.
Koolaotse said this on Thursday during a tour meant to engage the media on socio-economic activities that they undertake and to appreciate the media for its role in educating the nation on issues of that relates to the economy. He said over the years Jwaneng mine has made notable contribution towards the socio-economic empowerment of communities such as refurbishing schools, clinics and empowering Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises ( SMMEs) doing business in the town and surrounding villages. “This mine as one of the richest diamond producers in the world is not only focused on revenue generation but it is also committed to community development through the various projects,” he said.
Other community based projects include water supply, health, education, refurbishment of buildings and sport development with a budget of over P1.2 billion set aside annually to implement the Corporate Social Investment projects. Amongst the CSI projects is the Lefhoko Primary school kitchen built for P 1.5 million that was handed over to the school on Friday. In the education sector the mine sponsors Diamond Dreams Academic Awards to the tune of P1.2 million to promote and reward academic excellence in schools around Jwaneng. P 600 000 is disbursed during the awards every year.
During the official handover of Lefhoko Primary School kitchen the Assistant Minister of Basic Education (MOBE) Thato Kwerepe applauded Jwaneng mine for investing in the surrounding communities.
He said Jwaneng mine is a true reflection of a good Public Private Partnership model and therefore called on more companies to follow suit and assist government where possible to elevate the quality of education in the country.