LETŠENG Diamonds will next Wednesday handover a footbridge and new office building for the chief of Pae-la-Itlhatsoa village in Mokhotlong.
The two initiatives which are worth M1, 3 million, are part of the mine’s corporate social responsibility and investment (CSRI) programme.
The mine’s chief executive officer, Kelebone Leisanyane, recently described the gesture as re-affirming the mine’s commitment towards giving back to the community and in the process strengthening relations with them.
“The official handover will be an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to plough back into the communities as we continue to support and build strong relations with them,” Mr Leisanyane said.
“This is in line with the company’s commitment to contribute to the sustainable socio-economic growth of the communities neighbouring the Letšeng mine in Mokhotlong.”
Ministers of Mining, Public Works and Transport and of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs are expected to grace the occasion. They will be joined by the Letšeng board of directors, management, principal chiefs, members of parliament, community councilors and the communities.
“Letšeng Diamonds will officially handover a footbridge built over Khubelu River and a new office building for the chief of Pae-la-Itlhatsoa at Pae-la-Itlhatsoa in Mokhotlong on 22 May 2019.
“Built at the cost of nearly M1, 3 million, the footbridge and the chief’s office are part of Letšeng’s CSRI programme.”
Letšeng’s past CSRI projects in the Pae-la-Itlhatsoa area include a footbridge near Lichecheng village, four classrooms, a kitchen and a staffroom at Pae-la-Itlhatsoa Primary School, Maloraneng Lodge, ‘Mapoka Camping Facility, ablution facilities for 66 households at Maloraneng and Ha Seema villages.
Other projects in the district include a dairy project in Mokhotlong town, ablution facilities in five primary schools, four classrooms and a staffroom at Tšepong Primary School, training of 260 village health workers, three health posts, medical equipment for Mokhotlong Government Hospital, four woolsheds, training of more than 1000 farmers and new offices and accommodation units for Letšeng Police.
Letšeng Diamond Mine is located at Letšeng–la-Terae in Mokhotlong and is 70 percent owned by Gem Diamonds while 30 percent is owned by the government.