Debswana has opened the first diamond museum in the country, the 'Adrian Gale Diamond Museum' in Orapa. This development will undoubtedly lure visitors to Boteti region through its captivating exhibits that showcase the history of diamond mining in the country.
The museum is named after the former General Manager of Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines, the late Dr Adrian Gale who initiated the Orapa Today, Boteti Tomorrow (OTBT) programme under which the museum falls. The OTBT programme is geared towards assuring that Orapa is a great place to live and work. It is also focused on building a sustainable alternative economy for the Boteti Sub District beyond mining.
His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Botswana, Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama who was the guest of honour at the event thanked the Debswana leadership for making sure that the story of diamonds is preserved and told through the museum.
He said Debswana was dedicated to unlocking the value of Botswana's precious natural resources and creating sustainable value to improve the lives of Batswana. He also added that creating sustainable value to improve the lives of Batswana through this precious resource also means creating an appreciation for our diamonds and the diamond industry, which is what the museum seeks to achieve.
In his welcoming remarks Debswana Managing Director, Mr. Balisi Bonyongo said that the company is committed to building resilient communities and ensuring socio-economic sustainability beyond mining in the Boteti region.
Adding his own comments the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and Member of Parliament for Boteti West, Honourable Slumber Tsogwane said "Debswana has truly lived up to their values of being passionate and showing they care. The company has indeed set the tone on how corporates can work towards leaving a legacy beyond their core business for the benefit of the communities in which they operate"