DTC Botswana defines Social Performance as contribution in the form of money, employee time and other resources towards the improvement and development of the lives of the community and creating a legacy of sustainability.
To play an active and meaningful role in the lives of our communities, as a responsible and caring corporate citizen, we acknowledge the need to make an investment that will add some measure of value to the quality of life in Botswana.
Our Social Performance programme enables us to do just that. In making our contribution to community upliftment in Botswana, we do acknowledge that that there is still much more to be done but the challenges are surmountable.
The following are projects that the company has supported in the past:
On 28th February 2020, DTC Botswana officially announced the sponsorship towards Malebogo Max Foundation Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, which is valued to the tune of P463,000.
Malebogo-Max is a non-profit organization which is based in Manyana. Its mandate is to raise the development potential of the rural marginalized women and unprivileged girls aiming for gender equality and eradication of Gender based violence, through empowering and mobilizing their participation in decision making to enable them to lead an adequate and self-sustained life in the rural society. The foundation acts as a voice for victims of GBV, contributes on areas of gender inequality and promotes income-generating projects for rural women. The tournament marries two agendas, which are at the core of this activism.
At the official announcement, DTC Botswana Managing Director, Mr Sedireng Serumola said, ‘We are very excited to be partnering with Malebogo Max Foundation at this years’ Malebogo Max Foundation Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Inclusion and diversity is an area that is instilled within DTCB’s business practices and behaviours. As an organisation, we take great pride in ensuring that the initiatives we promote are those that have a wide impact in our communities and we trust that Malebogo Max Foundation represents that.’’ He also thanked Malebogo Max Foundation volunteers for taking time away from their daily lives and reminded them that, ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted- Aesop’.
During the course of 2019, DTC Botswana was involved in numerous community and capacity building projects. The nature of projects DTC Botswana supported through funding are those that have a strong inclination towards capacity building, enterprise development and most importantly women & children.
Some of these projects included the construction of a boundary wall at WoMen Against Rape, Maun. Established in 1995, WoMen Against Rape is one of only two organisations in Botswana supporting the recovery of survivors, seeking justice and advocating for positive social change in communities. For over 20 years, WoMen Against Rape (WAR) has been at the forefront of campaigning against sexual violence. WAR has been influential in changing attitudes and in changing laws that affect women and children in Botswana. WAR has grown into a fully-fledged organisation with its own offices and counselling facility, a shelter /safe house for survivors of violence and fifteen staff members that are strategically guided by a board of trustees.
In the month of July 2019, DTC Botswana has been focused on giving back to the community. As a Corporate, we have been engaged in numerous projects that are aligned to out Corporate Social Investment pillars and terms of reference. The nature of the projects we have funded are those that have a strong inclination towards capacity building, enterprise development adn children (especially those living with disabilities).
On the 10th of July 2019, Diamond Trading Company Botswana and Bakgatla Primary School celebrated a great day as DTC Botswana officially handed over recreational equipment to its Special Education Unit. Bakgatla Primary School's Special Education Unit is a unit for learners with Intellectual Disabilities and was declared a unit in 1987 when the school was officially opened.
Furthermore, on the 18th of July, Diamond Trading Company Botswana ws in Gamodubu handing over a Porta Cabin worth P465,610.70 to Gamodubu Child Care Trust (GCCT).
Porta Cabin donated to Gamodubu Child Care Trust (GCCT)
The Diamond Trading Company Botswana supported the Botswana Deaf Sports Federation (BDSF) to the value of P362,944 to host the first ever National Deaf Sports Games held on 23 and 24 February 2019. This milestone event was attended by hundreds of enthusiastic Batswana who filled the University of Botswana Stadium.
Kago Mmopi of DTC Botswana hands over a cheque to the value of P362,944 in support of the first ever National Deaf Sports Games to Shirley Keoagile (President of Botswana Deaf Sports Federation).
Tuelo Serufho (Botswana National Olympics Committee, CEO) handing over medals to contestants.
On 3rd June 2017, DTC Botswana’s employees from the IT department, represented by the Employee CSI Committee, donated clothing to some community members located in the Gweta area. As part of the company’s value of ‘Show We Care’ the team members in the department ran a clothing drive donation within DTCB where employees donated clothes.
The Gweta area was earlier in the year affected by the Dineo rains which caused flooding and left many displaced. It has been reported that more than 130 households with an average of three members each have been affected by the floods. At least 22 families comprising 106 people were housed in tents at Gweta Brigade, as water levels had stagnated at Zoroga.
The DTCB Employee CSI programme came about after the realisation that some DTCB employees are engaged in fragmented and isolated community upliftment projects and thus do not receive the mileage they deserve. The employee community programme aims to consolidate all our efforts so that our contribution to the community is real, lasting and makes us proud.
DTCB Employees Donate Clothing to some members of the Gweta Community
On 30 May 2017, DTC Botswana’s employees from the Medium Stones department donated clothing to Childline Botswana. As part of the company’s value of ‘Show We Care’ the team members in the department each personally contributed money towards to the purchasing of winter clothes for children resident at Childline Botswana.
DTC Botswana matched their funds contribution as per the Employee CSI programme. The employee social investment programme drives community project initiatives identified by staff members.
The idea of the programme came about after the realisation that some DTCB employees are engaged in fragmented and isolated community upliftment projects and thus do not receive the mileage they deserve. The employee community programme aims to consolidate all our efforts so that our contribution to the community is real, lasting and makes us proud.
DTC Botswana Employees Donate Winter Clothing To Children At Childline Botswana
On 18th March 2016, DTC Botswana unveiled sponsorship to the tune of P2 Million (Two Million Pula), over a 3 year period, to D’Kar Primary School in the Ghanzi District. D’Kar Primary School commenced in 1965 and was run by the Dutch Reformed Church. Subsequently it was taken over by the Government of Botswana around 1973/1974. D’Kar Primary School is a boarding school with enrolment of 565 students (266 boys and 299 girls). Out of this number, 79 students are boarding (37 boys and 42 girls).
D’Kar Primary School is faced with challenges of poor performance, absenteeism and drop outs. The school has generally been performing very poorly in the national examinations in the past years. Pass rates at the school have been below 31% over the past four years. The majority of students at the school come from farms in the remotest areas of the Ghanzi District, mostly from poor families. Therefore, on the basis of the needs of the school, DTC Botswana has entered into a 3 year partnership with D’Kar to offer the following:
DTC Botswana believes that the sponsorship will help alleviate the challenges currently faced by the school
Chairperson of DTCB CSI Committee, Mr. Neo Moroka hands over sponsorship to D’Kar Primary School
2017: DTCB donates Printers and Chairs to D'Kar Primary School.
On 5 February 2016, DTC Botswana unveiled sponsorship to the tune of P412, 319.04 (Four Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Three Hundred and Nineteen Pula, Four Thebe) to Botswana Society for the Deaf’s Francistown Centre.
Botswana Society for the Deaf (BSD) was established in 1979 as a non-profit, non-governmental, charitable organisation with an aim of fulfilling the needs of people with hearing impairment. BSD is affiliated to Botswana Council for the Disabled and Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO). The Society is managed by the community through the Board of Governors consisting of eight (8) members. The BSD Patron is His Excellency, Dr. Festus Gontebanye Mogae.
BSD is responsible to ensure that programme activities geared towards the deaf are implemented. The Society operates Ramotswa Centre for Deaf Education (RCDE); and Francistown Centre for Deaf Education (FCDE).
Francistown Centre for Deaf Education is a residential school located in the city of Francistown with a student population of 106 students and 55 teachers and support staff. It accommodates students from the northern parts of the country. DTC Botswana has sponsored the centre with educational equipment (smart boards and sign language books) to address the educational needs at the institution.
The smart board is very helpful during teaching and learning as the deaf learners learn visually. The gadgets help the learners to learn on their own when the teacher is not around. Smart boards can be used for any form of teaching and learning. The smart board technology enables educators to personalise learning for students and this remains the core basis to sound education.
The technology also enables educators to use various methods in the teaching and learning process to significantly improve student engagement and attention by appealing to the sensory and memory learning abilities of every student.
DTC Botswana is excited to partner with Botswana Society for the Deaf and the sponsorship will go a long way in alleviating educational equipment shortages thereby enhancing learning and teaching.
Ms Chida, Francistown Centre for Deaf Education School Head; DTCB Managing Director, Mr. Tabake Kobedi, and DTCB Board Member Dr Athaliah Molokomme at the handover ceremony.
DTC Botswana committed funds to the tune of P1, 897, 590.15 (One Million Eight Hundred and Ninety Seven Thousand Five Hundred and Ninety Pula, Fifteen Thebe) to Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind (MRCB), a registered non-Governmental organisation for children with visual challenges. The centre commenced its operations in 1969.
MRCB currently has an enrolment of seventy four children with visual challenges who come from different parts of the country. Sixty one of these children are primary school learners and after school they are offered services such as therapy, rehabilitation and resettlement programmes. Thirteen children under the age of six are rehabilitated under early stimulation programme in the centre where they receive therapy, mobility and orientation programmes. DTC Botswana believes in the notion of forging long-term partnerships with its beneficiaries as this approach has proved to be more beneficial to both parties than one-off sponsorships. Therefore, on the basis of the needs of MRCB, DTC Botswana has developed a 3-year sponsorship partnership with the centre as follows:
L-R: Dr. Athaliah Molokomme - DTC Botswana CSI Committee Chairperson; Hon Dikgakgamatso Ndelu Seretse - MRCB Patron; Mr. Tabake Kobedi – DTC Botswana Managing Director, handing over a cheque to Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind
DTC Botswana jointly with Debswana and De Beers sponsored the 2nd African Youth Games to tune of P2,500,000 (US$300,000). The games were held in Botswana between May 22–31, 2014. The three entities showed their commitment to their partnership with the Botswana Africa Youth Games Organising Committee (BAYGOC) towards a successful 2nd African Youth Games sporting event and indeed to the Vision 2016 pillar of a ‘United and Proud Nation’.
The games presented a great opportunity to showcase Botswana as a democratic, stable and united nation as well as an opportunity for Batswana to experience and participate in its first ever international sporting event. Community development is core to our business. The scope of the sponsorship went beyond financial contribution with DTC Botswana also providing security planning services towards the games.
L-R: Tiny Kgatlwane Member BAYGOC, Tabake Kobedi Managing Director DTCB, Acting Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon Vincent Seretse, Balisi Bonyongo MD Debswana, Paul Rowley, Executive Vice-President, De Beers Global Sightholder Sales and Tuelo Serufho CEO BAYGOC
DTC Botswana has had a flourishing relationship with Thapong Visual Arts Centre for the past 6 years. The centre was formed in 1999 with the aim of promoting visual arts in Botswana. It is a membership organisation currently with 667 registered artists. The centre develops contemporary arts, helps artists pursue careers in art and educates artists through art workshops focused on drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking.
As a way of stimulating creativity in the arts discipline, Thapong has been holding the Artist of the Year Awards since 2004 with the objective of promoting competiveness and quality production of art works in Botswana. DTCB has been sponsoring the Thapong Artist of the Year Awards since 2011 with sponsorship amounting to P200, 000. In 2013, DTCB provided further sponsorship towards the refurbishment of the Thapong Art Gallery to the tune of Six Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Eight Pula Twenty Three Thebe (P654, 908. 23).
The DTCB sponsorship has helped create an art gallery of international standards and size, which is accommodating and promoting artworks from local, regional and international artists. This development has brought together crafts people, visual artists and potters under one roof to share their expertise and experiences.
The refurbished Art Gallery
DTC Botswana has developed a diamond educational book titled ‘The Journey of Botswana’s Diamonds’ designed for educating secondary schools learners about the Botswana diamond industry. The book was handed over to the Ministry of Education and Skills Development.
The key objective of the diamond book is to bridge the diamond knowledge gap and enlighten and instill a greater sense of appreciation of diamonds in our society. The book is being presented to senior secondary schools around the country and DTCB hopes that with the book, diamond ambassadors will be created to tell the story of the Botswana diamond industry.
L-R: Mpho Dimbungu, DTCB Senior Manager-Finance handing the book to Ms Bontle Mojaphoko (Director-Basic Education, Ministry of Education and Skills Development)
DTC Botswana has donated P300, 000 to the Oodi College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT) towards the procurement of jewellery design and manufacture equipment. OCAAT is the first institution in Botswana to offer jewellery design and manufacture training. The design college will serve as an incubator for artists and will expose them to various programmes including entrepreneurship to enable them to start their own businesses.
In 2008, the company supported the Central Association of the Blind & Disabled, an organisation of people with disabilities that promotes the employment of these people. The association, based in Serowe, has now established a Rehabilitation Unit in the Mahalapye District to offer services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psycho-social support. DTCB committed P 391 200 towards the construction of a structure that will house the physiotherapy unit.
L-R: Minister of Health, Hon Lesego Motsumi and Senior Manager-Finance, Mpho Dimbungu and other dignitaries during the unveiling of the DTCB-sponsored CABD physiotherapy unit
DTC Botswana has supported the Botswana Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence (COE) to the tune of P100, 000 towards the children’s Christmas party. The COE was opened and officially dedicated by the former President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Mr. Festus Mogae on 20 June, 2003.
The COE is a public-private partnership between the Government of Botswana and the Baylor College of Medicine International Paediatric AIDS Initiative. The Centre provides free-of-charge, state of the art paediatric HIV care, treatment and support to children and their families throughout Botswana.
L-R: Kago Mmopi and Tebogo Moribame-Setiko of DTCB handing over sponsorship to Dr Gaositwe K. T. Chiepe and Dr. Matshaba of Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence
DTC Botswana sponsored a motor cycle ride to raise money for the Ray of Hope Foundation to the tune of P5, 000. Mr. Dale Collett embarked on a fund-raising motor cycle round trip ride between Gaborone and Cape Town to raise funds for the Foundation. The Ray of Hope Foundation makes dreams come true for terminally ill children in Botswana.
DTCB also committed P 45, 000 towards the annual Botswana Music Camp. The Camp provides a rich and intense hands-on experience of music to give participants new repertoire and skills to plough back into their communities thereby ensuring that our traditional music is preserved.
The company donated P35, 000 to the Botswana Red Cross Society’s sponsored walk towards the growth of the Society.
DTCB committed P33, 000 towards the Botswana Council of Women for the grooming of the Miss Botswana beauty queen in preparation for the Miss World pageant in 2012.
DTCB also committed P 2,000 towards the annual fund raising golf day of the Botswana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to raise funds for development, and day-to-day running costs of the Society. DTCB continues to assist, financially, needy and deserving community organizations in Botswana.