Botswana: Morupule Coal Mine Hands Over House to Family

Tamasane — Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) has handed over a house to Ms Badanani Mpatisang and family in Tamasane.

MCM's general manager, Mr David Kgoboko, said the mine had an obligation to participate meaningfully on the country's socio-economic development.

He said the coal mine continued to recognise communities around it through identification of socio-economic development opportunities.

"We believe engagements with communities symbolise our values of passion, working together and caring," he said.

Mr Kgoboko said this project was made possible by Morupule Cycling club and MCM's Corporate Social Investment Programme.

He thanked the main sponsors of MCM's Charity Cycle Race being Stanbic Bank and Sesiro Insurance Company for support and efforts in ensuring that the cycling challenge was held every year.

He commended Morupule Cycling Club for taking part in the development of communities and also thanked all those who planned and implemented the project.

Furthermore, he urged Ms Mpatisang to take care of the house, adding "Mma Mpatisang take this gift and cherish it, take pride in it and take good care of it. I urged you to humbly accept it with open arms."

MCM's corporate social responsibility projects included, among others, a classroom block for children with disabilities at Ratsie Primary School and Sports Recreational facilities at Palapye Community Hall to improve health standards and to keep the children off the streets.

For his part, the social and community development officer for Tamasane, Mr Malibaba Popo, thanked MCM for helping the government restore the dignity of Ms Mpatisang, who is living with disability, adding that government alone could not afford to provide housing for all.

He said the government, through Palapye Administrative Authority, helped by providing the family with a food basket and other things, but that was not enough since the family needed proper shelter.

He thanked MCM for meeting government half way in improving the livelihoods of Batswana.

Ms Mpatisang thanked MCM and the government for their love and compassion by making life better for her and her family.

Source : BOPA

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