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Debswana committed to improving lives of communities

The Managing Director of Debswana, Balisi Bonyongo has outlines several initiatives that the company has put in place that directly improves the lives of Batswana. Bonyongo was speaking at the International Conference on Poverty Eradication in Gaborone with a theme of 'Leave No One Behind. Addressing a high level delegation of ministers, ambassadors and country representatives abroad, Bonyongo highlighted areas in education, healthcare and supplier enterprise that Debswana has invested in over many years to help communities where the mines are. 

On healthcare, he pointed out that Debswana spends over P160 million each year running the two district referral hospitals at Jwaneng and Orapa. These hospitals, which are Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) accredited, are open to communities and provide essential services to over 160,000 community patients per year. Debswana, through its hospitals, assists Government in availing anti–retroviral drugs to over 30,000 people in the Boteti and Mabutsane sub-districts. 

To enhance the quality of teaching and learning in government schools, Debswana runs a Government School Development Programme (GSDP) for three primary schools in Jwaneng and four from the surrounding villages. This initiative offers an in-service training and development programme for Government teachers. The programme has trained an estimated 27 teachers in supervisory development and information technology related courses thus far.  The main objective of the programme is to develop teachers in the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science.

In his closing note, Bonyongo challenged corporates and business entities to identify programmes that would assist in uplifting those left behind. He said ‘As corporate citizens, we also have a role to play, to complement efforts to leave no one behind for it is these very same citizens who define and determine both our existence and our corporate success.’