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BOTSWANA VACCINE SUPPORT

What is the split of the contribution between the three companies?

The support will be funded through a contribution of BWP25 million from Debswana, BWP25 million from De Beers Global Sightholder Sales (DBGSS), and BWP5 million from DTCB.

What will the in-k​ind support comprise?

In-kind support will include the provision of medical facilities, personnel, equipment and supplies to assist with the delivery of the vaccine rollout.

What share of each company's contributions is expected to be cash and what will be in-kind support?  

It is not possible to say at this stage as we will need to continue to engage with Government to agree the optimal approach. However, we expect that the bulk of the contribution will be for funding the procurement of vaccines. 

What is the breakdown for the in-kind support?

We continue to work closely with Government to define how our financial support can best meet Government's needs.

Will your support be focused on mine community areas or will it not have a particular geographic focus?

The scale of our joint support has been determined with reference to Debswana's Zone of Influence (i.e. employees and contractors, families, communities at Jwaneng and Orapa) and also taking into account DBGSS and DTCB employees, contractors and families, i.e. the footprint of the three entities, but will be distributed in accordance with the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) for COVID-19 in Botswana.

Are you purchasing vaccines directly? Isn't it the case that only governments can purchase? 

De Beers Group/Debswana/DTCB will continue to engage with Government and consider the best way to assist in procuring vaccines for the benefit of Botswana, and will ensure that whatever approach we take is fully compliant.

Will you be prioritising vaccines for your own employees?

De Beers Group/Debswana/DTCB is committed to the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines and supports the priority approach as defined by the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) for COVID-19 in Botswana.

Will you be vaccinating employees' families?

De Beers Group/Debswana/DTCB is committed to the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines and supports the priority approach as defined by the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) for COVID-19 in Botswana. There will be no priority for our own employees or their families.

If employees and their families receive no priority, how will this affect their morale and loyalty to the companies?

We fully support the principle that vaccines should be prioritised on the basis of those who most need them or are most vulnerable. One of our values is 'Show We Care' and we are confident our employees will be supportive of the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) for COVID-19 in Botswana.

Which vaccine is Government procuring using your funds?

It is too early to say which vaccine(s) will ultimately be procured as this will require further consideration and engagement with our partners in Government.

Only vaccines approved by BOMRA would be procured, however.

How many individuals do you expect your financial support to cover?

The scale of our joint support has been determined with reference to Debswana's Zone of Influence (i.e. employees and contractors, families, communities at Jwaneng and Orapa) and also taking into account DBGSS and DTCB employees, contractors and families, i.e. the footprint of the three entities, but will be distributed in accordance with the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) for COVID-19 in Botswana.

It is not possible to say at this stage how many individuals our support will cover as this will be subject to further decisions regarding issues such as which vaccine(s) are procured.

When would you expect to start administering the vaccine following procurement?

We continue to work closely with Government to define how our financial support can best meet Government's needs and we are unable to provide any further details at this stage.

How many employees are eligible for the first phase of the vaccines in the three entities?

It is not possible to provide details at this stage as this would be subject to further decisions in relation to Government's approach. However, the vaccine rollout will be managed by the Government of Botswana as defined by the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDPV) for COVID-19 in Botswana.

Is this donation not a way of influencing the Government of Botswana on the impending sales negotiations?

This contribution is simply about providing support to our partners during an extremely challenging time, in line with our Building Forever commitment to partnering for thriving communities.

Have any De Beers Group Sightholders contributed to this donation or any other COVID- 19 related support to Government or communities in Botswana?

This contribution has been funded entirely by Debswana, DTCB and De Beers Global Sightholder Sales.

Sightholders have undertaken a wide range of support activities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic around the globe as they are international organisations. However, for details on any individual Sightholder's activities you would need to contact them directly.

There have been reports of maladministration of COVID-19 funds in Botswana recently. How confident are you that the donation will be used for the intended purpose?

Our focus throughout has been on working with Government to understand how we can best support the nation's needs, and we and our Government partners will ensure there is a well-governed and agreed mechanism in place relating to the disbursement of funds.

Will you require your own employees to have the vaccine?

Getting vaccinated is a personal choice, but we encourage our employees and contractors to get vaccinated when they have the opportunity because of the protection it provides against serious illness. The more of us that get vaccinated, the safer we will all be.

Why have you not announced Namibia support?

It's a complex process with each country's leadership needing to assess its own specific needs and situation, and we need to ensure we work with government partners to understand what role we can best play to support their specific policy approach. Our discussions on this with Government in Namibia are ongoing as the best approach is arrived upon and we look forward to communicating what our approach will be in Namibia in due course.

What about support in South Africa and Canada?

Anglo American, our majority shareholder, has already announced a support programme for South Africa. Our support for vaccine procurement and rollout has been concentrated in southern Africa, but we have provided a range of support in Canada and will continue to look at how best to provide support in each region in which we operate.

De Beers committed $10 million in SA for vaccine support – why is the Botswana contribution less than this?

This was the Anglo American commitment in SA (inclusive of De Beers employees), rather than a De Beers commitment, and it's based on the overall footprint of employees in each of the countries (with Anglo American having a large employee footprint in SA)